Bishop Ezeokafor (centre): He insists that mission schools and hospitals need grant in-aid from the government at all levels. He is flanked on his left by the bishop's secretary and chief chaplain of Catholic Laity Council of Nigeria, Awka Diocese, Rev Fr Dr Michael Muonwe and the chancellor of Awka Catholic Diocese, Rev Fr Francis Chidume, and on his right by the chairman of the occasion, Chief Sir Richard Nnadi (KSJI) and former SSG, Anambra State, Hon Oseloka Henry Obaze.
The Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese has again made a case for grant in-aid for mission schools from the government at all levels in the state and Nigeria, saying that if 5% grant for instance is given to the schools owned by the Church, a lot of developmental strides would be recorded.
Bishop Ezeokafor, who made this known while addressing the laity of the Church during the 2nd Annual Interactive Session he had with the Catholic Laity Council of Nigeria, Awka Diocese at St Joseph's Pro-Cathedral Parish, Ekwulobia on July 29, 2017, observed that mission schools appear to be expensive because of lack of grant in aid and subsidy from the government.
The Catholic prelate maintained that the Church wants to be supported by the government to enable her (the Church) train and take care of the people.
According to Bishop Ezeokafor, 'We need affordable hospitable, quality health care delivery and qualitative education for all. If you want to have quality students, you must employ quality teachers and pay them well. These qualitative education and health care delivery for all are what the mission schools and hospitals are committed to'.
The bishop, who equally tasked the government to establish working social welfare scheme for the aged, the youths and the children, stressed the need for judicious use of public funds which belonged to everyone. He described as uncharitable the fact that many government officials take home billions of Naira while majority of the masses suffer in abject poverty.