The Bayelsa State government has pledged to provide land for the proposed establishment of an Anglican university in the state.
Governor Douye Diri took this pledge in response to a request from the Primate of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Bishop Henry Ndukuba, who led other bishops from the Diocese of Niger Delta West on a courtesy visit at Government House, Yenagoa.
Describing Anglican schools as strong institutions that have helped develop responsible members of society, Senator Diri said hosting an Anglican university would have a positive impact on the state and region of the Niger Delta.
He said the state was eager to have its first private university and the government would support such initiatives as it would give people better access to education.
His words: “Your request for land for the proposed Anglican University is a good request. The government will provide the land. We will acquire it for you.
“I do this with the awareness that Bayelsa is a state that does not have a private university. We are therefore very happy and ready to welcome the Anglican University.
“Over the years, the Anglican Church has produced valuable leaders. It’s a good thing that we have an Anglican institution domiciled in Bayelsa and believe it’s going to impact the state and add value to the Niger Delta region.
“Some of us are where we are today because of the education we received in the Anglican schools that we attended.
The governor of Bayelsa also urged the clergy to speak out against injustice in the country, saying Nigeria urgently needs such voices due to the evils in society.
“Our country is going through difficult times. The Anglican Church in Nigeria needs a voice like the late Desmond Tutu of South Africa, who spoke out against injustice, against inequalities in his country and the world. We have Bishop Matthew Kukah from the Catholic Church. The Anglican Church can also speak out against iniquity and inequality. ”
Diri attributed the successes recorded under his administration to God and appreciated the Anglican Primate for the visit.
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