Abia State Governor, Theodore Orji yesterday saved what would have been a clash between two factions of Assemblies of God.
Nigerian Pilot reports that Abia State Government yesterday handed over 100 primary schools to churches who are the original owners.
However, in the course of distributing documents of the schools to the churches, the two factions of Assemblies of God who carried their disgraceful politics to the place wanted to take the documents.
But Governor Orji, in his wisdom laughed it off and refused to hand them over to any of the factions and told them that the issue would be resolved later.
It will be recalled that the crisis in the Assemblies of God Church Nigeria recently took a different turn as members of two camps clashed, leaving some people wounded.
The major cause of the clash was said to be as a result of the meeting slated to hold by the faction loyal to the General Superintendent, Rev. Chidi Okoroafor against the excommunicated former General Superintendent of the church, Rev. Paul Emeka to review the crisis that engulfed the church at Isiagu Street, Achara Layout branch of the church.
It was reported in March 2014 that there was tension in the church over the suspension of Assemblies of God Church’s General Superintendent Rev. Paul Emeka on the allegations of misconduct, highhandedness and financial misappropriation in the administration of the church.
The embattled ex-General Superintendent of the church, Rev. Emeka and some top members of the church had engaged in a protracted dispute over issues relating to lack of accountability and conspiracy in the church’s leadership.
Meanwhile, Governor Theodore Orji has said that his administration has broken the jinx of handing over schools to churches.
The governor, who charged the churches to maintain high integrity in the schools, said “it was regrettable that for decades the policy of handing over the schools to their original owners has been in the limbo and expressed joy that his administration has broken the jinx”.
According to him, “the handover of secondary schools has impacted positively in the system as has manifested in the SSCE and other results in recent period.”
He said that the government was emboldened to embark on the hand over programme to “right the wrongs” done to the churches who are the original owners.
Orji admonished the new owners to liaise with the State Ministry of Education in their management of the schools to ensure that both policies of government and standard are maintained.

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