By Odogwu Emeka Odogwu
Former Nigerian Chief of Army Staff, multi-millionaire businessman and philanthropist, General Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma, GCON, has donated 5 Billion Naira to the Diocese of Lagos Centenary City project.
He made the announcement of the donation after the Bishop of Lagos, The Rt. Rev'd Humphrey Bamisebi Olumakaiye, decorated him as the grand patron of the Diocese of Lagos Centenary celebration.
He noted that the donation was to support the proposed low cost housing of the centenary city which was also to be named after him as pronounced by the Bishop (General TY Danjuma Low Income Housing Estate Centenary City, Anglican Communion).
The Diocese of Lagos, Anglican Communion hosted a gala and awards night to celebrate the Centenary Anniversary of the oldest Anglican Diocese in Nigeria, Diocese of Lagos, and raise funds for the building of the massive city located at Ibeju-Lekki in Lagos State.
Present at the event were eminent personalities like General Danjuma; Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwoolu; APC leader, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu; Governor DairusIshaku of Taraba State and Chief Tunde & EngrMrs Oluseyi Afolabi, Chairman & CEO of Amni International Petroleum Company and many other dignitaries.
At the event held at Harbour Point, Victoria Island, Lagos, General Danjuma gave the highest donation of N5 Billion Naira towards the development of the Low Cost housing Estate in the Centenary City. Chief Tunde Afolabi also donated N500M towards the Youth Empowerment Centre.
The City was conceived by the Diocesan Bishop of Lagos, Rt Rev Dr Humphrey Bamisebi Olumakaiye, to leave an enduring legacy to society as the Diocese marked 100years.
The CITY will accommodate a Youth Empowerment and Development Center; St. Luke's Global Hospital; Games Village; low‐cost housing estate; Convention ground; Women's Empowerment Centre; rehabilitation centre; amusement park; garden, and many more.
The Gala and Award night was one of the events put together to celebrate the 100 years of the Diocese and was concluded with a Thanksgiving Service on Tuesday, 10th of December 2019 at the Cathedral Church of Christ, Marina, Lagos.
The Diocesen Bishop was supported at the event by his immediate predecessor and wife, The Most Revd Dr Ephraim Adebola, and Mrs Oluranti Ademowo, as well as other bishops across the country.
Awards of recognition were given to eminent personalities and groups at the historic event.
Earlier, Bishop Olumakiaye gave cheques to some dioceses in the North to embark on community projects like boreholes and water treatment plants.
The beneficiaries are the Dioceses of Yola, Maiduguri, Bauchi, Damaturu, Jalingo, Gombe, Pankshin, Langtan, Bari, Ikara and Kwara.
Also an evangelism bus was donated to the Diocese of Osun North East in Osun State.
Bishop Olumakaiye noted, 'We need to give something back to the next generation that will forever be cherished, and to make our environment worth living. We have decided to build a centenary city between Lekki-Ibeju-Epe axis.
'The Bible says that we will always have the poor among us; it is the duty of the Church to take care of the poor,'Olumakaiye said.
He said that the Church had been providing accommodation to less-privileged church members and giving scholarships to students without making noise.
'We will continue to make impact on society and to cooperate with the government in making life worth living for the people.’