A communiqué issued at the end of the 2nd Session of the 13thSynod of the Diocese of Egba, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) held from Thursday 24th day of April, 2014 to Sunday 27th day of April, 2014 at the Silver Jubilee Multipurpose Hall, Bishopscourt, Onikolobo, Abeokuta.
The Synod with the theme: In The Days Of Thy Youth (Ecclesiastes 12:1) having been duly constituted was presided over by the Diocesan Bishop and the President of the Synod, Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Oludaisi Adekunle, M.Ed,(G&C), M.Div., Dip.Th. He was ably assisted by the Registrar and other Diocesan Officials.
Below are the resolutions of the Synod:-
- The Synod dealt at length on its theme ‘In the days of thy youth’ (Ecc 12: 1) and came to a firm conclusion that it is high time for the Church to beam its led light on the affairs of our youth with a view to giving them an objective understanding, thorough consideration and effecting necessary solutions. The Synod was of the considered opinion that gone were the days when the youths were merely to be seen and not to be heard. Rather, it is the view of the Synod that as an important stakeholder in the affairs of nationhood, the cooperation of the youths needed to be fully employed by sensitizing them with other stakeholders along biblical injunctions in finding positive and lasting solutions to some of the problems pertaining to cultism, armed robbery, unemployment, prostitution and examination malpractices, to mention a few. In the joint efforts at bringing a crime-free life into fruition, the Diocese makes it a point of duty to make its youth rejoice in their youth (Ecc 11:9), to remove sorrow and evil from their youth (Ecc 11:10), to remember God in their youth (Ecc 12:1) and to reflect upon what is coming, their future (Ecc 12:1). As part of its concerted efforts to make youths develop in the ways of God and make meaningful contributions to the society, one of the major tools employed by the Diocese (like the early missionary) is to disperse the seed of evangelism and civilization in our society by the establishment of schools. To the Church in Egba Diocese, school is more of obligation rather than business.
- State Issues
- The synod noted the continued urban renewal project across the State under the exemplary leadership of the State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, F. C. A. It solicits the extension of the project to areas of the State that are yet to benefit.
- The synod commended the back to land approach of the State Government in agriculture.
It requested continued support of the Government to local farmers through provision of agricultural implements and other inputs at subsidized rates.
- The synod urged the State Government to continue its free Education programme through provision of conducive learning environments in our schools and institutions as well as State Education grants. It appealed to the government to reconsider the issue of returning schools to their initial founders.
- The synod expressed dismay at the designation of Salawu Abiola Comprehensive High School, Osiele, as an Almajerhi school by the State Government, (Is it an attempt to benefit from the Federal Government-sponsored programme?). It observed that Almajerhi as a way of life is alien to the culture of Yorubaland and to the culture of some other geo-political zones of Nigeria. Hence, this might be an attempt by the Federal Government to sponsor and put a group of people at an advantage over others or to promote Islam above other religions in the country. The status of Nigeria as a secular State should be kept in focus always.
- The Synod applauded the Home Owners’ Charter programme recently carried out in the State. It urged the government and all concerned State officials to avoid unnecessary delay and bureaucracy to ensure its success.
- The Synod also appealed to the State Government to give attention to the waste disposal system in the State to compliment the new look of our cities and towns.
- National Issues
- The Synod observed with dismay the level of disintegration, abuses and inconvenient relationship among the people of Nigeria whereby the unity and peaceful co-existence of the country is being threatened on daily basis and suggested for an alternative and agreeable/acceptable form of tribal/regional relationships that would bring peace and rapid development to us, as a nation.
- The Synod also called for a genuine and national concerned considerations at the National Conference in session whereby many of the National problems and disaffections would be resolved.
- On the issue of security, the Synod expressed its displeasure at the state of insecurity and insurgencies ravaging the peaceful existence of our country and called on the Federal Government to gear up efforts at combating the great monster in our society: Terrorism (Boko Haram). The recent barbaric act of Nyanya massacre, the abduction of more than two hundred girls of Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State and many other happenings on daily basis were also condemned.
- The Synod also observed the epileptic power supply in the country and appealed to the Federal Government to do more in the power sector in order to revamp the failing economy.
- The Synod appreciated the efforts of the Federal Government at resuscitating the railway transportation system, the expansion and resurfacing works on some of our roads with the advice that the good work started should not be abandoned half-way.
- Global Issues
The Synod expressed dismay at the global insecurity and crises. The missing Malaysian aircraft with 239 passengers on board still untraceable and the crises in Ukraine and South Sudan require serious attention. These were condemned entirely while the Synod called for conscious efforts by world leaders to ameliorate such worrisome situations and work towards a peaceful world to live in.
- The Diocese
- Corporate Social Responsibility: The Egba Diocese extended its sense of Corporate Social Responsibility to some communities in the State. It built, in particular, a block of 3 classrooms for the Orile-Itesi Community in Emulu village for use as a secondary school. A cottage hospital is currently under construction in Apena-Kemta village under the same auspices. The Diocese hereby urged the State Government to ensure that the school takes off in the next school session by September, 2014.
- Agriculture: The desire and vision of the diocese for agriculture received an international boost with the diocesan Agricultural Programmes being displayed at the last Global Anglican Future Conference [GAFCON] held in Nairobi, Kenya by the Church of Nigeria Missionary Society [CNMS]. The diocese equally received local recognition, support and encouragement from different dioceses in the Northern part of Nigeria towards its agricultural programme. Worthy of note is the support of the Rt. Revd. & Mrs. Nathan Inyom of Makurdi Diocese by way of assisting in planting of about 5,000 seeds of yam tuber and labourers that cultivated the seeds. With that singular effort, the Diocese is set to harvest 5,000 tubers of yam by the next harvest season.