Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State has donated N400,000 to offset the registration fees for Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination candidates in Umuda Isingwu, Umuahia North Local Government Area of Abia State.
Ikpeazu announced the donation on Sunday at St. James Methodist Church Nigeria, Ohuhu Circuit 111, Umuda Isingwu, during a thanksgiving service in honour of the State Coordinator of Nigeria Prays, Rev. Chuku Alozie.
The governor said the gesture became necessary in order to remove the burden from parents.
He said it would also help to ensure that no eligible SSCE candidate in the community failed to enroll for the examination because of lack of money to purchase the forms.
Ikpeazu said: “I want to be sure that every eligible candidate in Umuda Isingwu registered for the examination so that nobody would say that he could not register because there was no money.”
The governor also donated N500,000 to the widows in the church.
He said the two gestures were designed to leave an enduring impression among the people of the community as a memorial for Alozie’s thanksgiving service.
In his sermon, the Archbishop of the Methodist Church Nigeria, Diocese of Umuahia, the Most Rev. Raphael Opoko, urged Christians to emulate Jesus Christ by being humble at all times, in spite of their positions in society.
Opoko further advised Nigerians to get close to God by being prayerful in order to attract divine protection and guidance.
Opoko said: “God has taken over this nation, in spite of the deadly activities of Boko Haram insurgents and other elements that have continued to threaten the peace and unity of Nigeria.”
Former Head of State and National Chairman, Nigeria Prays, General Yakubu Gowon, in a remark, thanked the Methodist Church Nigeria for being supportive to the group in mobilising Nigerians to pray for the country.
Gowon said he was in Umuahia for the 56th annual diocesan synod of the Methodist Church Nigeria and a rally by Nigeria Prays, which coincided with the thanksgiving.
Alozie said he organised the event to mark the 25th anniversary since he embraced Christ and began to work in His vineyard.