By Nna Anulumadu
The parish priest St Paul’s parish Ideani Fr John Nnaemeka on Tuesday described the Chief Shepherd of Onitsha Archdiocese His Grace Most Rev Valerian Mmaduka Okeke as a man of wisdom and foresight.
Fr Nnaemeka who made the description while felicitating with him on his 20th Episcopal anniversary stated that the prelate is effectively using these special qualities to transform education sector in Onitsha Archdiocese and beyond.
His words : “He so much believed in education and that is why he is not relenting in sponsoring his priests on further studies in any part of the world. Unlike other dioceses in Nigeria, he has been sending priests aboard for studies.
” Today good numbering of our priests are outside for studies and Onitsha Archdiocese has highest number of priests studying courses that will greatly assist in building a solid educational foundation in our state.
” It will interest you to know that I am one of the beneficiaries of Archbishop Val’s educational sponsorship. He personally encouraged me to further my studies and I am grateful to him and I remain indebted to him. Infact he is a caring father. I worked under him as bursar when I was a seminarian. He always wants the best and l leanrt a lot from him.
Fr Nnaemeka asserted that within the past 20 years he has so sown great seeds and we are already started reaping the harvest. “Holy family youth village is a testimony of its own. The youth village has produced large number of first class graduates with sound morals. And we pray that the mother church will elevate him as Cardinal and then Pope. As you know Onitsha Archdiocese always produces the best.”