. . . Empowers 120 Youths, Fetes Widows
By Jude Atupulazi
A Pentecostal-turned Catholic faithful, Chief Lawrence Anikpeh, has resolved to build a church single-handedly for God and donate to his parish in Igbariam, Anambra East LGA. Anipkeh who disclosed this during the fifth phase of his youth empowerment programme which also featured donation of food items to widows and indigent women in Igbariam, said the church project was in memory of his late father who brought Apostolic Christian Church to Igbariam many years ago.
'It is in memory of my late father, Pastor Raymond Anipkeh. He brought Apostolic Christian Church to Igbariam in 1956. My mother is still alive. I promised God that I would build a church for him single-handedly. I'm a knight of St John and I believe that nothing done for God is a waste.
'I'm a convert to Catholicism. What I'm doing today is to help the less privileged and part of my promise to God for blessing me. I'm doing it also to thank God for seeing me through from January to December,' he said, noting that it was better to teach people how to fish than to give them fish..
He said he would be giving clippers to youths to help them in entrepreneurship, even as he promised to help the youths in auto repairs, as, according to him, technology ruled the world today.
Earlier while thanking the priests who officiated in a mass in his compound to herald the day's event, Anikpeh who thanked the parish priest for transforming the parish, promised to be supporting the Church, noting that seed sowing was the secret of his success.
He described God as the ultimate, noting that he was enjoying the seed sown by his father who also invested in the Church.
He exhorted his guests to endeavour to help others always, noting that his empowerment idea was to help others to learn how to get rich. He said that every 31st of December had been set aside for the empowerment of youths.
Anikpeh who disclosed that plans were afoot to embark on a free health programme, fashion designing and automobile repairs, gave out 200 bags of Anambra Rice to widows and indigent women, while empowering 120 youths with clippers.
Anikpeh who contested on the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance for the state assembly, expressed dissatisfaction with the conduct of APGA primaries for which he went to court, aiming to recover his mandate with "facts and figures".
He however urged party members to continue supporting APGA as one could not abandon a house one built, even as he noted that his fight for justice was in the interest of his Igbariam people whose turn it was to go to the House.
In his homily during Mass, Rev Fr Austin Ezechukwu of Divine Mercy Chaplaincy COOU, Amaku, described the day as that of Thanksgiving to God for his blessings throughout the past year, and thanked the Anikpeh family for choosing such a day to commit their household to God.
The event was attended by many dignitaries, including the immediate past Vice Chancellor of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Prof Fidelis Okafor; APGA officials in the area, as well as stakeholders.