SUNDAY, JANUARY 2, 2011
DIOCESE OF UGHELLI ENTHRONES BISHOP
REV. CANON GABRIEL KPAGBAN
Ughelli Diocese (Anglican Communion) was thrown into a festive mood on Friday 17th of December, 2010 as she enthroned her second bishop at the All Saints Cathedral, Iwhreko Street, Ughelli. The new Bishop, Rt. Revd. Cyril Odiboroghere Odutemu (JP) was earlier on consecrated at the Cathedral at Asaba, Delta State on 12th of September, 2010 by the Primate of All Nigeria Most Revd. Nicholas D. Okoh along with other Archbishops and Bishops of the Church of Nigeria.
The ceremony of the enthronement was presided over by the Archdeacon in the Cathedral, Ven. O.D. Edjere and the standing committee of the cathedral. By the constitution of the church, the enthronement of the Bishop throne now afford the bishop the right to take over the mantle of leadership of the Diocese from his predecessor, Rt. Rev. Vincent Muoghereh and now exercise his full Episcopal overseership over the Diocese.
Members came from all the 16 Archdeaconries (the Cathedral & All Saints DSC inclusive) to witness the once-in-a-while occasion. They started trooping in as early as possible so that they could have space in the large cathedral. Everyone was anxious as the new bishop knocked at the ‘Western door of the Cathedral in order to be allowed to come in and be enthroned in his Cathedral. Everyone was relieved as the Archdeacon agreed to welcome the new bishop and be enthroned in accordance with age-long tradition of the church.
In his inaugural spirit filled and well delivered sermon, the bishop unfolded his vision and mission for the Diocese as:
(1) Grass root evangelism (rural, urban and riverine) to be vigorously pursued. Evangelism boats and vehicles to be purchased.
(2) There shall be a deliberate and conscious effort to ensure that members are engaged in intensive Bible study. This will make the Diocese to be thoroughly grounded in the knowledge of the word of God.
(3) Education at the Nusery, Primary and the Secondary levels shall be given priority as the Diocesan school at Ohrerhe-Agbarho shall be made very functional and dynamic.
(4) Transparency and accountability among the clergy shall be vigorously pursued.
He appealed to politicians to be transparent, honest and sincere in their dealings with the electorates. According to the Bishop, he shall ensure proper monitoring of 2011 polls to ensure that the votes of the people count.
He concluded by saying that his ultimate goal is for all to make heaven, and this shall be his primary focus.
Among those present at the service were the Rt. Rev. Vincent Muoghereh, Rt. Rev. Jolly Oyekpen, Rt. Rev. Blessing Irifeta, Rt. Rev. Edafe Emamezi, Rt. Rev. Abraham Akinlalu and a host of others.
A reception was later organized for him at the Ruth-Iwe Hall Ovwodaware – Ughelli. Thereafter the Bishop was led to the Bishopscourt amid dancing and jubilation. We give glory to God for this successful transition.