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School shuts down in Imo over ownership tussle

By CHIDI NKWOPARA

OWERRI—EZEOKE Girls’ Secondary School, in Okigwe South Local Government Area of Imo State has been shut  over ownership tussle between the Anglican Diocese of Okigwe South and Ezeoke community after the school was handed over to the missionaries by Ikedi Ohakim’s administration.

Explaining the development in a letter, the Diocesan Registrar, Mr. C.B. Mbawike, noted with dismay what the church termed “the deliberate misrepresentation and malicious falsehood” in a letter addressed to the Bishop by the Delegates Committee of Ezeoke Welfare Association, EWA.

While drawing the community’s attention to East Central State’s official document number 18 of 1974, Mbawuike equally argued that government took over Anglican Girls’ Secondary School, Ezeoke, from the church and government had now returned the same school to its original owner, the church.

According to him, “we condemn the unprovoked and unwarranted interference, which has stultified and marred the progress of the school and hampered learning. The locking up and tipping of trips of sand in front of the school gate is not only primitive but uncivilized.”

Vanguard gathered that the Delegates Committee of Ezeoke Welfare Association, EWA, chaired by Mr. Chris Nwadigo, had in a three-page letter addressed to the Anglican Bishop of Okigwe South Diocese, demanded the immediate hand over the school, land, facilities to the community.

While regretting “the closure of the school, which calls for understanding between the church and Ezeoke community”, the Delegates Committee equally argued that handing over the institution to Ezeoke people would be the best decision in the circumstance.


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