For the first time in the history of synods in the Diocese, delegates were asked to stay away from physical attendance at the meeting. No thanks to the global Covid-19 pandemic which has led the government to impose some restrictions on congregations.
“As we are talking now, no fewer than 550 of our members are following the proceedings of the Synod online,” said the President of Synod, the Rt. Revd. Dr. James Olusola Odedeji, while explaining the reasons for the reduced congregation in the church.
The government had specified 50 per cent of maximum capacity at worship centres and other public gatherings.
There were 11 bishops at the opening service of the synod, which number could have been more but for the fact that two other dioceses within the Lagos Ecclesiastical Province – Remo and Lagos Mainland – were also having their synods simultaneously. This was stated by Bishop Odedeji while appreciating the guest bishops, namely: The Rt Revd Festus Sobanke (Omu-Aran); The Rt Revd and Mrs Abiodun Olaoye (Osun North); The Rt Revd Prof. Olubayo Obijole (University of Ibadan); The Rt Revd Rufus Okeremi (Immediate Past Bishop of the Ife East); The Rt Revd Michael Oluwarombi (Yewa); and The Rt Revd Dr and Mrs Iwabiolorun Oluyamo (Ijesa North). Others were: The Rt Revd Dr Kayode Adebogun (Suffragan Bishop, CANA); The Rt Revd Samuel Ogundeji (Abeokuta); The Rt Revd Dr. Akin Atere (Awori); The Rt Revd Abel Ajibodu (Ile-Oluji); and The Rt Revd Adegoke Agara (Ido-Ani, and Immediate Past Dean of AVMCC)
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