Owan gets first indigenous Anglican Bishop
A new Bishop has been enthroned for the Sabongida-Ora Diocese of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion.
He is Rt Reverend Augustine Ehijimetor Ohilebo.
Reverend Ohilebo was enthroned at the St John’s Cathedral, Sabongidda-Ora, headquarters of Owan West local government area by Most Reverend Friday John Imaekhai.
A letter from the Archbishop and Primate of All Nigeria, Reverend Nicholas Okoh, introducing Ohilebo as the elected Bishop of Sabongidda-Ora Diocese was read by Barr. Francis Okanigbuan, Registrar of Sabongidda-Ora Diocese.
Most Reverend Imaekhai administered the declaration of Fidelity on the new Bishop after which he was presented to the congregation.
Speaking on his vision for the diocese, the new Anglican Bishop praised the College of Bishops for electing him to the position of a Bishop.
Reverend Ohilebo promised to consolidate on the achievements of his predecessors as well as ensure the Diocese is known for humility, integrity, dedication, loyalty to constituted authority and faithfulness.
Ohilebo charged clergy in the Diocese to strictly adhere to their responsibilities even as he warned against being lazy and lukewarm to the service of God.
He promised to bridge communication gap in the Diocese and assured that welfare of the clergy would be of utmost importance.
Among the challenges he promised to tackle are the reviving of the church dilapidated infrastructures such as its cassava processing factory, pure water factory and printing press.
His words, “Our administration shall be committed to the revamping of these structures. With God all things are possible. We should give up anything if God ask us to do so.
“Nigeria as a country will heal. There is hope for this country.”
Reverend Ohilebo attended the Ezekiel College of Theology, Ujoelen-Ekpoma where he obtained Diploma in Religious Studies and Diploma in Theology.
He was ordained in 2004 before he proceeded to the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma where he studied Religious Management and Cultural Studies.