Bayelsa To Donate Land For Proposed Anglican Varsity

Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa State

Bayelsa State Government has pledged to provide land for the proposed establishment of an Anglican university in the state.

Governor Douye Diri pledged in response to a request by the Primate of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Rev. Henry Ndukuba, who led other bishops of the Diocese of  Niger Delta West on a courtesy visit to Government House, Yenagoa.

Describing  Anglican schools as strong institutions that contributed to producing responsible members of society, Senator Diri stated that hosting an Anglican university would positively impact the state and the Niger Delta region.

He said the state was eager to have its first private university and that the government would support such initiatives as it would accord the people more access to education.

His words: “Your request for land for the proposed Anglican university is good. The government will provide the land. We will acquire it for you.

“I am doing this with the conscience that Bayelsa is a state that does not have one private university. So, we are very happy and prepared to host the Anglican university.

“The Anglican Church has over the years produced leaders of worth. It is a good thing that we have an Anglican institution domiciled in Bayelsa and believe that it is going to impact the state and add value to the Niger Delta region.

“Some of us are where we are today because of the upbringing we received in the Anglican schools we attended.

The Bayelsa governor also urged the clergy to speak up against injustice in the country, stating that Nigeria was in dire need of such voices due to the ills in the society.

“Our country is going through difficult times. The Anglican Church in Nigeria needs a voice like South Africa’s late Desmond Tutu, who stood against injustice, against inequity in his country and the world. We have Bishop Matthew Kukah of the Catholic Church. The Anglican Church can equally stand up against inequity and inequality.”

Diri attributed the successes recorded under his administration to God and appreciated the Anglican Primate for the visit.

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