By Odogwu Emeka Odogwu
Not fewer than 26 parishioners in the Warri Diocese, Anglican Communion, were knighted at one of the events lined up for the 40th anniversary of the diocese.
The Bishop of the Diocese, Rt Rev Christian Ide, who spoke at the closing ceremony of the celebrations at St Andrews Cathedral, Warri, Delta State, urged Christians to remain faithful in their service to God almighty.
He added that the Warri Diocese, which was established in January 1980, had given birth to Ughelli, Oleh, Western Izon and Sapele dioceses.
He said the Warri Diocese had remained committed to its mandate of spreading the light of the gospel to the dark places, appealing for support from the government and public spirited individuals for the diocese to continue to carry its lofty projects.
Bishop Ide said the diocese needed a cancer radiation therapy machine for its St Andrew's Hospital, adding that it would also need support to renovate the Anglican Grammar School, Okpara Waterside and expand its 5 hectares farm at Okulobe, Orerokpe Local Government Area.
Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, unveiled a book, ''Warri Diocese at 40'', alongside the Speaker of the state house of assembly, Rt Hon Sheriff Oborevwori, bishops present and other leaders.
The governor said the state government would support the Diocese in the renovation of the Anglican Grammar school, adding that it would also assist the diocese in its farm project.