Abakaliki:Controversies over the ownership of King David University of Medical Sciences, Uburu, Ebonyi State seem to have been finally laid to rest as the Ebonyi State Governor,
Engr. David Nweze Umahi,FNSE, FNATE has announced the handing over of the University to the Catholic Bishops Conference for optimum management and academic excellence.
In a statement made available to newsmen by the Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the Governor, Mr Francis Nwaze, the Governor the announced the handing over during the Episcopal Ordination and Installation of Rt. Rev. Msgr. Peter Nworie Chukwu as the 3rd Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Abakaliki on Thursday, August 19, 2021 at. St Theresa’s Cathedral, Abakiliki.
The equally announced the naming of two flyovers after the retiring Bishop as a way of immortalizing his reign as a Bishop in the State.
He commended the Catholic Community for the support given to the retiring Bishop Michael Nnachi Okoro during the period of his episcopal reign.
“The contributions of the church to the Educational Development of Nigeria is unparalleled and for this, I, on-behalf of the State wish to give the King David University of Medical Sciences Uburu to the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria to own and run.
“There is a decline in our academic excellence and morality. I am not a Catholic but I believe in the discipline and doctrine of the Catholic church.
“The King David University of Medical Sciences Uburu was approved by the National Universities Commission as the 199th University in Nigeria.
“We have had a good relationship with the Catholic Community in Ebonyi State including Bishop Michael Nnachi Okoro and our dear Reverend Father Abraham Nwali.
“I am so excited with the joy of Ebonyi people to welcome you. It shows that you are highly acceptable to the people. As a Christian State, we will extend to you the support we gave to our retired Bishop Nnachi Okoro.”
He announced the donation of a Land Cruiser Jeep to the new Bishop to enhance his operation expressing hope of continued partnership with the Catholic Community for spiritual prosperity of the State
Earlier, the new Bishop of the Abakaliki Catholic Diocese, Most Reverend Peter Nworie Chukwu was ordained in the order of Melchizedek.
In a homily, the Principal Consecrator and Apostolic Nuncio to Nigeria, Most Reverend Antonio Guido Filipazzi charged the new Bishop to endeavor to discharge his duties devoid of manifestation of ethnicity but do so with Christian generosity.
He advised all Christians including the clergy to shun all forms of discord but embrace each other as brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus.
Most Reverend Antonio Guido Filipazzi charged the new Bishop to endeavor to take adequate care of the flocks entrusted in his care and try to live a life of holiness to enable him to impart the same on the Laity.
He appealed to the retired Bishop Nnachi Okoro to assume the role of Bishop emeritus and father of the Diocese, advising the new Bishop and the Church on the Doctrine of the Church from time to time.
“To be Bishop emeritus requires humility and this Bishop Emeritus Okoro had adequately shown during his episcopal reign.”
In a goodwill message, the President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, Arch Bishop Augustine Akubueze congratulated the Catholic Community and people of Ebonyi State on the successful ordination of the new Bishop.
Recall that there had been speculations in various online platforms (not www.english.hoohaa.com.ng) regarding the ownership of the world class University with some claiming it was owned by the State Governor because it was named King David University while the Governor is coincidentally also David.