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March 18, 2018

Catholic Bishops Honour Prof. Ogunu, Peter Obi

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Professor Michael Ogunu, one of Nigeria’s foremost Catholic writers and a great defender of the Catholic faith has been given an Award by the Catholic Bishops of Nigeria for his “outstanding and significant contribution to Catholic Education in Nigeria”.

Professor Ogunu was given the Award on Thursday 30th October 2014 during the 2nd National Catholic Education Summit held at the National Centre for Women Development in Abuja.

Presenting the Award on behalf of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria and in the presence of many bishops including the Archbishop of Owerri, Most Rev. Dr. Anthony V. Obinna and the Archbishop of Calabar, Most Rev. Dr. Joseph Ekuwem, the Chairman of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria Committee on Education, Bishop Jude Arogundade of Ondo Diocese expressed the gratitude of the Catholic Bishops of Nigeria to Professor Ogunu for his immense contribution to the propagation of the Catholic faith and promotion of Catholic education in Nigeria.

Other recipients of the CBCN Award include the former Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi who returned all Catholic primary and secondary schools in his State to the Catholic mission and Professor Joseph Obemeata, a veteran Catholic writer.

It will be recalled that Professor Ogunu had also been honoured with an Award by the Nigeria Catholic Diocesan Priests Association in 2012 in “recognition of his faith commitment and magnanimity towards the welfare of priests and the growth of the Catholic Church in Nigeria”.

Professor Ogunu has been in the frontline in the advocacy for the return of Catholic schools which were seized from the Catholic mission by State Governments in the early 1970’s.

During the governorship of Chief Lucky Igbinedion, Professor Ogunu served as Secretary and member of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) delegation to the Governor, led by Emeritus Archbishop of Benin City, Most Rev. Dr. Patrick Ebosele, demanding return of the schools to the Christian missions.

On several occasions, Professor Ogunu featured in television programmes advocating for the return of schools to the Catholic mission and has written extensively in secular and Catholic newspapers on the subject.

In 2005, he presented a Paper titled “Government Take-over of Schools from Voluntary Agencies in Nigeria and the Demand for the Return of the Schools – The best way forward” at the International Conference on Church and State in Development: The African Experience held at the Seminary of All Saints, Ekpoma, Edo State, Nigeria, on the occasion of the 10th Anniversary celebration of the Seminary. In the same year, he delivered another Paper entitled “Church-State Relations in Nigerian Education – Past, Present and Future” on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee celebration of Annunciation Catholic College, Irrua, Edo State, his Alma Mater. He has also written extensively on Catholic Education of Youths and delivered public lectures on the subject.

He has also written many books on Catholic Education including the latest one entitled “100 Years of Church-State Partnership in Education in Nigeria (1914 – 2014): A Critical Analysis” which has been widely acclaimed as one of the most illuminating works on Church-State Relations in Education in Nigeria, and an invaluable guide to Government and Church authorities in any meaningful dialogue meant to improve Church-State partnership in the provision of quality education in Nigeria.


One Response to “Catholic Bishops Honour Prof. Ogunu, Peter Obi”

    Congrats to Prof Ogunu. His life is indeed inspirational to many.

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