West Lango Diocese
under the Province of Church of Uganda is hunting for Shillings 2.5 billion to upgrade its headquarters
into an ultra-modern worship facility.
The diocese that was curved from Lango
Diocese in 2014 covers Kwania, Apac, Oyam and Kole Archdeaconries.
The diocese operates
from St. Peter’s Cathedral church in Lira district that was built in 1959.
Vincent Ogwang, the Dean of West
Lango Diocese, says the program to upgrade St.
Peter’s Cathedral to international standards was initiated by Bishop Rt. Rev.
Julius Ceaser Nina Otim.
He says they need
Shillings 2.5 billion for the work according to their bills of quantities and Architectural
design, which money the diocese doesn’t have.
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He says they Diocesan
leaders had planned a fundraising drive but it couldn’t take place because of
the corona virus pandemic outbreak.
“The Diocesan Synod is considering other
strategies in raising the funds needed,” he said.
Rt. Rev. Julius Ceaser Nina Otim, the Bishop of West Lango Diocese, says he has
a 15 points program that will among other things focus on strengthening mission
and evangelism and improving the face of the Diocesan headquarters.
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The proposal to
renovate and upgrade the cathedral has drawn mixed reactions from Christians. Brian
Ogwang, one of the Christians expressed about the timing of the project.
“The timing of the
construction is not good; I am requesting the synod to consider postponing the
development until when we are free from this corona virus," he said.
However, Peter Otim
says it is the right time to build the God’s church. He is optimistic that
Christians will contribute the required funds.