By Ononye VC
The Archbishop of Onitsha and Metropolitan of Onitsha Ecclesiastical Province,His Grace, Archbishop Valerian Okeke opened activities of the Catholic Communication Week (COMWEEK)which held at the Trinity College Main Hall,Basilica of the most Holy Trinity,Onitsha on Saturday 20th May 2023.
The Archbishop who was represented by the Archdiocesan Director of Social Communications,Rev Fr George Adimike,underscored the importance communications in evangelization and the need for evangelizers to brace up with modern communications to help them in their onerous task of winning souls for Christ.
The Archbishop also spoke on the need for careful use of modern communication gadgets which have negative effects on the society especially hate speeches.
The Archbishop said the theme of this year’s ComWEEK, Speaking with the heart “The truth in love”(Eph 4:15),was timely such that it came at a time when the country is facing the challenges of truth concerning the 2023 general elections.
The Archbishop commended the participants and the Onitsha Archdiocesan Directorate of Social Communications for successful hosting of the event.
Meanwhile,additional report monitored from the Anambra Broadcasting Service (ABS) says
Anambra State Government through its ICT agency will soon have data of all the citizens residing in the state.
Speaking to mark the Onitsha Catholic Archdiocesan Communication Week, the Managing Director Anambra State Information Communication Technology Agency- ICT, Mr Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata, while enumerating some of the things the state government was planning to achieve through the ICT which includes, making sure that both young and old people masterminds technology.
Any age can learn a new skill through technology.
He continued by saying that very soon WiFi will be free within public places. That communication is very critical in all we do.
Another resource person who spoke, the Technical Adviser to the MD, Anambra state ICT agency, Revd. Canon Sunday Fumilayo, says technology has democratized education.
While addressing the participants, Revd. Fumilayo, says that technology gives us opportunity to create communities, belonging to a group such as WhatsApp, Facebook, tweeter, Instagram and so many others. He continued that those platforms helps us to share interesting ideas, interact with others. Revd. Fumilayo continued that technology has positive and negative side of it, saying that technology has made it easy for us to mentor young boys and girls.
Technology offers us the ability to attend workshops, seminars, meetings, conferences, through virtual means. He finally said that as we engage to use technology, we must continuously balance things while making use of it.
In their separate speeches, Evangelist Onyeka Obiezue and Mrs Chinwe Ezerioha, said lack of communication destroys home. That communication flows when two people are open to eachother. For communication to flow their must be love.
The Director of Communications, Onitsha Archdiocese, Revd. Fr. George Adimike thanked the resource persons for the knowledge and information they impact on the participants. Fr George, advised the participants to always be mindful of how they delve into online to avoid being misled.
He thanked the Archbishop of Onitsha,most Rev Valerian Okeke for support and encouragement for successful hosting of the event.
The events featured questions and answers from participants.