. . . Bishop Ezeokafor Commissions Roads, Fish Ponds, Farms
. . . Director Hails Bishop, Fides Management, Staff
It was a harvest of projects as the Catholic Bishop of Awka, Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor, last Tuesday, commissioned the newly tarred roads in Fides, as well as blessed the Fides Fish Ponds and Farms, report Abuchi Onwumelu, Mercy Hill and Michael-Jude Nwolisa
During the event, a visibly excited Bishop Ezeokafor eulogized the Fides Management at the new look of the complex, noting that a better working environment yielded better results, as well as helped in boosting its aesthetic and commercial values.
Blessing and commissioning the projects the visibly elated Bishop Ezeokafor expressed gratitude to God for the quality of man power and intellectual depth He blessed the outfit with, noting that he was highly impressed with the turn of events at Fides, especially the latest tarring of roads which, he said, had opened up the entire premises.
The Catholic prelate said that for any organization to survive in what he described as the unfriendly weather in the country, they must think of diversification and multiple sources of income, noting that farming and aqua-business, if well managed, would serve as another source of revenue generation for Fides, even as he appreciated the Fides management for the initiative.
The prelate, while blessing the newly tarred roads, explained that he was in full support of the project from the outset and further prayed for more strength and better initiatives upon the Management and Staff.
Blessing the fish ponds and farms, Bishop Ezeokafor explained the importance of greener environment, adding that fishery and farming were a major source of income and food in modern society.
He commended the Fides Director, Rev Fr Martin Anusi, including his team and staff, for the tremendous changes and encouraging developments at the complex, noting that Fides had been able to place its marks on the higher path of media and communications in the Church and society.
Speaking in an interview after the ceremony, the Director of Fides Communications, Rev. Fr. Anusi, expressed his joy and excitement at the day's events, even as he appreciated the Bishop for his availability, fatherly support and encouragement in the affairs of Fides.
Commending the Management and Staff, Fr. Anusi said their commitment was the major hallmark of development in Fides and noted that such individual and collective dedication and hard work would only take the company to greater heights.
Responding to a question on the challenges faced as Fides Director, he said that challenges were a normal feature of the business environment, even as he noted that such challenges should rather be seen as spurring factors to development, rather than otherwise.
'Challenges are to be made interesting and be seen as opportunities,' he said, going further to cite the synergy that existed between the Management and Staff as catalysts for the success of Fides.
For his part, the Deputy Director III of Fides, Fr. Pio Anthony Okafor, thanked God for the journey so far and expressed happiness for the new heights attained by Fides.
Speaking on Fides' fish ponds and farms, Fr. Okafor explained that they were beneficial to Fides as an institution and as a family.
'In due time,' he noted, we hope that the proceeds from the farms will help offset our expenses, as well as help in feeding the people who live and work here,' Fr Okafor projected.
In his vote of thanks, the Deputy Director II, Fr. Cyril Ezeani, appreciated the Bishop for his visit and commended him for his fatherly support.
Some of the Fides Staff at the event expressed gratitude to the Bishop for his visit and to Fides Management for making the working environment more staff friendly.