The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Nigeria (PCN), has inaugurated a new Synod – the Niger Delta Synod – which is the tenth in the number of Synods the Church operates.

 At a colourful worship service held on Sunday, 26th July, 2015, in the Mary Slessor Church sanctuary of Port Harcourt parish, the Prelate and Moderator of the General Assembly, His Eminence, Most Rev. Prof. E. M. Uka performed the inauguration service and the installation of the first Moderator of the new Synod in the person of Rev. Ogbu Thompson.

 The new Synod was carved out of South Central and West Synods. It covers the geographical spread of Rivers and Bayelsa States (formerly within South Central Synod) as well as Edo and Delta States (formerly within the Synod of the West) and is made up of the Presbyteries of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt North, Port Harcourt West, Edo/Delta South and Edo/Delta North.

 The officers of the Synod are Rev. Thompson Ogbu as the Moderator, Rev. Bassey Bassey Udok (Clerk), Elder Mrs. Rose Uhunmwango (Treasurer) and Barr. Mrs. Onimim Jacks (Legal Adviser).

 The request for a Niger Delta Synod was first presented by South Central Synod to the General Assembly at the meeting of the G. A. held in Calabar, in August 2010, and in August 2014, following the finalisation of arrangements between South Central and West Synods towards the inauguration of the new Synod, the General Assembly granted approval for the inauguration and fixed Sunday, July 26, 2015 for the inauguration service.

 With this inauguration, the PCN is now made up of ten Synods, namely, Akwa, Calabar, East, East Central, Mid East, Niger Delta, North, South Central, Upper Cross River and West.

 The photograph above, taken at the inauguration service of the Niger Delta Synod, shows the Prelate, Most Rev. Prof. Uka (second left) performing the Act of Inauguration.  He is flanked on his right by the Principal Clerk, Rev. Eseme D. William and on his left by the Deputy Clerk, Rev. Dan Etim.  Backing the camera is the Moderator of the new Synod, Rev. Thompson Ogbu.