West Africa set to have two provinces, two archbishops

By ACNS staff
Posted Sep 4, 2012

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Church of the Province of West Africa has revealed that it is holding a special synod at the end of September to adopt a constitutional change that will see the creation of two provinces with two archbishops.

The Rev. Canon Anthony Eiwuley, provincial secretary, said that the church will be meeting at Cuttington University in Liberia Sept. 27-29 for a special synod.

“At this synod, we shall be adopting an amendment to our constitution to give room for the establishment of two administrative provinces,” he said. “One to contain all the dioceses in Ghana and the other, the rest of the six dioceses in Gambia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Cameroon.

“Each of the smaller provinces will then elect an administrative archbishop and out of the two, one will be elected the primate of the province.”

The current primate, the Most Rev. Justice Akrofi, retires on Oct. 29 when he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 70.

Eiwuley added, “We seek for the prayers of the entire communion.”