Anambra Bans Church Services In Schools
If your church is uses any school facility as a worship centre in Anambra, this news is for you.
The landlord of the schools, the Anambra State government has prohibited the use of facilities for religious services.
The state Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Don Adinuba announced the ban on Friday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN in Onitsha.
Adinuba said the ban became imperative because of the ongoing seeming ownership tussle of Bishop Crowder Memorial School, Onitsha, being contested between the state and the Diocese on the Niger, Anglican Communion.
NAN reports that members of the Anglican Church recently staged a peaceful protest and subsequently released a statement, accusing the state government of its alleged refusal from allowing it to assume ownership of its property.
The church had in a statement alleged that the state government had refused to make public the report of the fact-finding committee on the ownership of the school set up by former Governor, Peter Obi.
But the commissioner dismissed the allegation, saying that the school established by government during the colonial era had operated since then by the state government till date.
“The original name of the school began as Local Authority School under the colonial masters; it never belonged to any church.
“If they really lay claim of ownership, they should come forward with documents to prove that, but we do not want to engage in a press war with any organisation or individual in the state.
“This will not be in the interest of the people of the state to engage in any kind of press war,” the commissioner told NAN.
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