By Odogwu Emeka Odogwu
A former Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Theophilus Danjuma (rtd), says Nigerians are in dire need of good housing and transportation system to live a meaningful life.
Danjuma said this last Monday at the unveiling of the Centenary Logo and Inauguration of Divine Mandate Partners of the Diocese of Lagos at City Hall, Lagos.
He commended the construction of Centenary City by the Lagos Diocese of Anglican Communion, adding that the low cost estate in Ibeju-Lekki would help solve the housing problem of the poor and needy in society.
'Among other facilities, I observe that the proposed Centenary City will have low income housing estate; in fact, that is very good because housing and transportation are the most important needs of the people.
'People wake up so early to go to work in Lagos due to transportation challenges,' he said.
He commended the leaders of the Diocese, especially, the Bishop, Rt. Rev Humphrey Olumakaiye, for their efforts in ensuring that peace and progress were achieved among members.
Danjuma, thereafter, pledged his support for the project, but advised the Lagos Diocese to ensure that funds for the project were raised and used judiciously.
The Bishop, Lagos Diocese, Rt. Rev Humphrey Olumakaiye, expressed gratitude to God for the grace he gave to the diocese to attain hundred years.
He said the centenary celebration had a wide range of interesting activities for the physical and spiritual development of the Church and Lagos residents at large.
'Our mandate for the Diocese is Priestly, Pastoral, Prophetic, Prayer and Praise Ministries. And we shall exist to glorify God, edify believers and multiply disciples for our Lord Jesus Christ,' he said.
Olumakaiye said the centenary city would have empowerment and youth development centre, rehabilitation centre, games village and sporting centre, convention ground, and garden of Gethsemane.
'There will also be retreat centre, St. Luke's Global Hospital, Women empowerment centre, resorts, amusement park and low income housing estate.
'Our Diocese will continue to impact society and influence our nation for good as we pray that the forthcoming elections in Nigeria will be free from which credible leaders will be elected.
The Chairman of the Centenary Anniversary Committee, Hon Justice Adedayo Oyebanji, in her address of welcome, said the projects would be executed in phases, adding that it would commence by the end of 2019.
The first phase will cost N5 billion, the programmes would run from January- December 2019.
The grand finale of the centenary anniversary will be on 10th December,”
She called on all stakeholders to key into the laudable objective.