Bishop Crowther Seminary Awka Graduates 64 , lays N500 Million 3 storey staff village

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Emeka Odogwu 
Anglican Bishop of Awka, Right Reverend Alex Ibezim, PhD, yesterday turned the sod of a three storey building staff quarters of Bishop Crowther Seminary, (B.C.S)Awka initiated by the Parents Teachers Association of the school led by High Chief (Hon) Onwelukwue Aron Nwannebuike Chukwukadibia (JP).
Bishop Ibezim also blessed the 64 Graduating students of the Seminary, gave them  B.C.S. Awka Charge book as a guide in all they do and dedicated a worship cross they donated . He also dedicated the musical instrument (a set of band) donated by the 2004 Old boys.
Displaying IMG-20150712-WA073.jpgAccording to the PTA Chairman, a UN Ambassador of Peace, Onwelukwue A.N.C, the building is estimated at five hundred million naira (N500,000,000.00), as earmarked during the 2013 PTA day and launching of the blue prints of his administration’s three projects of a motorized borehole, modern toilet facilities and a 3 storey staff village.  
He said the launching of his blue print was a great risk but glorified God for actualizing the dream with the support of the other parents and members of his executive as well as the teachers and students cooperation.
Onwelukwue spoke during the Valedictory service/ turning of sod of Staff quarters of Bishop Crowther Seminary Awka at Archbishop Patterson Memorial Chapel of Bishop Crowther Seminary Awka , Diocese of Awka , Anglican Communion.  
 He thanked specifically the Proprietor of Bishop Crowther Seminary, Rt.Revd Alexander Chibuzor Ibezim Phd and wife , Mrs Martha C. Ibezim (Mama Awka) and the principal of the school , Revd Canon Nnamdi B. Emendu PhD for their support in actualizing his mission statement.
The Crowther Seminary PTA Chairman reminded that he was surprised when a relatively unknown member nominated him for PTA chairman on his first day of attending the meeting, pointing at the Motorized Borehole and modern toilet facilities already in use and assured that the three storey building would be ready before next academic session to ensure students are left on their own as their current abode would be demolished.
‘’.........the last but not the least is the 3 storey building staff village project, which we have assembled all the materials for easy takeoff today as evidence herein ......please see the over four thousand blocks packed herein, all sized rod, sand and stones, cements, water tanks and binding wires etc, all available in this school compound........having assembled all the materials and men for this job to take off, I hereby most soberly and respectfully request our Lord Bishop to kindly turn the sod for the edifice to take off to the glory og God..........Amen..’’
Bishop Ibezim in his speech extolled the sterling qualities of Chief Onwelukwue in galvanizing the support of Nigerians in building a befitting staff quarters for the teaching and non teaching staff of the famous seminary against all odds ,but said the building must be completed on record time as the students could not be left alone not even for a week.
He said his policy is not to abandon any project hence if the parents are not forward looking to complete the structure as they promised willingly without coercion, they should let the diocese take over and complete it before the students return by September for new academic session.
Ibezim said the seminary has changed more spiritually, physically and morally, hence more parents are insisting that their children and wards be admitted in the seminary , thus causing the students and teachers population rise necessitating the need for new structures and better environment to accommodate all for continued better and quality education.
The Anglican Bishop of Awka Diocese announced that  new schools would be established at Agu-Awka as new campuses of the Bishop Crowther Seminary, Awka as well as the St Paul’s University College Nibo/Nise to reduce the stress on facilities and structures sequel to population explosion and to avoid turning back parents who wish that their children and wards be admitted in the two diocesan schools.
He reminded the parents that the Seminary does not tolerate in any way any act of cultism or immorality or same sex behaviour and does not need a panel to expel any student caught in the act and encouraged parents to ensure they inculcate good virtues in their children at home as the staff of the Seminary is doing their best to ensure their children turn out their best in the society.
‘’......we monitor the teachers and the teachers monitor the students and we are doing our best hence the rush by many parents to ensure their children and wards study here and that has brought competition in admission and everything ..............and soon Bishop Crowther Seminary would be the best institution in Anambra state as testified by many parents and results we are producing as well as the products who are scattered all over the world as good Ambassadors of the seminary.................’’
He further challenged the Parents Teachers Association to galvanize themselves and ensure the staff quarters is completed ...we don’t believe in theory , but practical implementation .....because our teachers cannot be living in tattered environment and you want the best.....they need a more befitting environment .............’’
He prayed that God will magnify the graduating students of the seminary as they enter the society and prepare for their University education and other endeavours God has planned for them , hence they are equipped not only morally, spiritually, academically and otherwise.   
In his remarks, the Principal of the School, Revd Canon Nnamdi B. Emendu PhD, reminded that the 2015 academic year that started September 26th, 2014 was faced with political, religious, health and insurgent challenges and thanked God none of the fears disrupted the academic calendar.
Canon Emendu commended the dedicated, committed, experienced and disciplined staff of Bishop Crowther Seminary whom God is using effectively for the effective running and planning of the school. He thanked the PTA led by Onwelukwue and Old Boys led by Mr Churchill Okonkwo for their leadership qualities in support of the institution.
He said the SSS3 students have passed through the furnace of the institution and have been remolded, refined and equipped with virtues very worthy of emulation in the wider society, and he blessed them to go forth in the fear of God alone but radiate light of integrity, transparently, honesty, diligence and all such characters that connote good upbringing.
He announced that the recently released JAMB result that more than 90 percent of the SSS 3 students  scored above 200 points an indication that majority would gain admission this year as their WAEC is sure, announcing that the set has been a landmark set and never disappointed in curriculum and extra curriculum expeditions, competitions and activities .
He thanked Bishop Alex Ibezim and wife Mrs Martha Ibezim for their interest, encouragement and continued support towards the vision of the Seminary.
In his homily, Venerable Onyinye Ilione , Bishop’s Administrative Secretary and Parish Priest of St John’s Anglican Church, Nise, an Old Boy of the Seminary challenged the students to ensure the lessons leant from the Seminary guide them throughout their life time and encouraged them to ensure they are not a disappointment to the investment by their parents and guardians as well as the Church on them.   
Performing an induction ceremony on the graduating students , the National President of the Old Boys Association Worldwide of Bishop Crowther Seminary Awka, Mr Churchill Okonkwo said they should not fail Anglican Church as its Seminarians and Ambassadors , throughout their lives. He encouraged them to look for their old boys anywhere they are for better attention in the spirit of show the light. He said the Old boys are doing well as they have donated white boards, Alumaco glasses , fans and a befitting new gate as well as interlocking for the Seminary premises hence an evidence they are proud of their alma mater.
Bishop Ibezim gave the Seminary charge to each of the 64 graduating students out of about 400 that were admitted with them while prizes academic excellence , proficiency certificate and discipline as well as character were given to  best students including the Senior Prefect Eze Ifeanyi who from year one continued to take first position and led the school to many outside competitions which they emerged victoriously and Chapel Prefect Ike Ifechukwu , the best behaved. Some of the awards were donated by Mrs Mary Basil Orji---books and Bar Okeke Uche  who donated N20,000 each for best Igbo student in each class from year one to final year among others. 
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