The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) Diocese of Nike, Enugu State, says it has begun the process of establishing a state-of-the-art skills acquisition school in the state.
The Bishop in charge of the diocese, Rt. Rev. Christian Onyia, made this known on Thursday while briefing newsmen on the activities of the church aimed at contributing to national growth.
Onyia said that the church was concerned about the growing unemployment in the country, saying that bridging the gap was beyond what the government alone could do.
He said that a situation where school graduates lacked the requisite skills to be self-reliant needed to be addressed by all Nigerians.
The Bishop said that the skills acquisition school would have well-equipped laboratories for skills in wood work, steel and aluminium work, tailoring and hair dressing, building technology and others.
“The skills acquisition school will be affiliated to the Diocesan school called Bishop Otubelu Juniorate to enable our students and others acquire skills, ‘’ he said.
Onyia, however, said that efforts by the church to contribute to the growth of the state’s economy were hampered by dearth of infrastructure, especially, in the rural communities.
The Bishop specifically mentioned two communities, Owo and Amankalu in Nkanu East Local Government Area of the state, where he described life as tough.
“The state government has been doing its best but there are parts of the state that seem neglected. Those people in the rural communities need a touch of the dividends of democracy.
“Pupils and students from Amankalu trek up to three hours to attend schools in a nearby community. There is no electricity, no access road and not even a shop where you can buy sachet water.
“The provision of these social amenities will help the people lead a relaxed life,” the Bishop said.
He said that the only access road in the area was asphalted from Owo to Ubahu, leaving commuters to Amankalu at the mercy of commercial cyclists.
The Bishop said that the church had decided to hold all its activities in such areas and had even made some investments to assist the people of the area.
“We have sent our missionaries to these communities because our mission is rural areas oriented. We are not asking for too much but for the state government to provide social amenities in these areas,” Onyia said. (NAN)