Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, on Friday attended the formal opening of the 3rd session of the 13th Synod of the Diocese of Owo, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), at the Saint Paul’s Church, Okeluse in Ose Local Government Area of the state.
Governor Akeredolu, who is also the Chancellor of the Diocese of Owo, was accompanied by his Special Adviser on Union Matters and Special Duties, Mr Dare Aragbaye, who is also a Bishop nominee to the synod.
The theme for the synod is “Abiding Fruitfulness”.
In his message, Governor Akeredolu made case for the consecration of women as priests in the Diocese.
The Governor disclosed that there are more spirit-filled and better women to take up the task of a priest, particularly in this time and age.
Speaking on the theme of the synod, Governor Akeredolu charged the congregation to be faithful in all their dealings with God and humans.
He emphasized the need to be watchful and be on the right track with the Lord throughout the journey of life.
He also admonished the people to continue to adhere strictly to all Covid-19 protocols, particularly to ensure that the Delta variant doesn’t spread among the people of the state.
The Governor said: “Last year, there was problem. The whole world was shut down. There were not many synods that were held.
“We have many reasons to thank God for this year. But don’t take this Covid-19 for granted, particularly when you look at the Delta variant that has just come in. It’s more dangerous than what we have before.
“This will be my appeal to most of us, especially if you have not been vaccinated. I want to advise us, take time to obey thse COVID-19 protocols. Wear your mask, wash your hands.”
In his charge, Bishop of Owo Diocese, Reverend Stephen Fagbemi, said bearing fruit is very important to every Christian spiritual growth, saying it symbolises the message of Jesus to his church, most especially believers before the end of the earthly ministry.
He said producing abiding fruits is therefore a precursor to a more intimate relationship between God and believers.