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Cleric tasks govt on return of schools to owners

By Chidi Nkwopara

OWERRI—Imo State Government has been challenged to fulfil its  promise of returning schools to their original owners, if the desire of training  youngsters in character and learning is to be realised.

The Bishop of Orlu Catholic Diocese, Dr. Gregory Ochiagha (rtd), made the appeal in his sermon during a concelebrated Pontifical Sung Mass to mark the golden jubilee celebration of Holy Rosary Secondary School, Ihioma, Orlu.

“I believe that the founding fathers and mothers of this school intended that here, girls would be trained to wage war against all un-Christian principles and lifestyles in our society”, Ochiagha said.

The Catholic cleric charged women to realize that they determine the tempo and texture of the family, adding that they should work together to reverse the flow of unhealthy ideas in Nigerian society.

“Not only that our girls and children copy some wrong ideas from the West, unfortunately, some parents do not help matters. The family remains the domestic church and the first school for the child”, he said.

He noted that the world today talk of models but end up celebrating those who cannot pass for models by any standard, pointing out that God created  woman and gave her a particular grace, charm, beauty, attractiveness and demeanour that is characteristically hers.

“The so called modern feminists in thinking that they uphold the cause of women, end up denying them this God-given grace and charm”, the Bishop said.


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