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Anglican Diocese of Lagos plans multi-billion naira city to mark centenary

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Rt. Rev. Dr. Humphrey B. Olumakaiye

To mark its 100 years of existence, the Lagos Anglican Diocese is set to build a multi-billion naira centenary city in Ibeju Lekki area of the state.

The Bishop, Rt. Rev. Humphrey Olumakaiye, who disclosed this at a press briefing in Lagos yesterday on the activities lined up for the year-long celebration, said N5billion would be expended on the first phase of the city project, the execution of which will begin before the end of the year.

“The Diocese of Lagos, Anglican Communion clocks 100 years this 2019. The celebration runs from January to December 2019. In our bid to give something greater back to the next generation that will forever be cherished as we cherish the diocese given to us 100 years ago, we have decided to build a centenary city in Lekki-Ibeji-Epe axis,” Olumakaiye said.

According to him, the planned city will have an empowerment and youth centre, rehabilitation centre, games village and sporting centre, convention ground, Garden of Gethsemane, amusement part, St. Luke Global Hospital, and a low-income housing estate, among others.

Taking journalists through the history of the diocese, Olumakaiye said it was inaugurated in 1919 as the first in Nigeria and had given birth to 161 other dioceses sub divided into 14 provinces.

“The spate of aggressive evangelical works increased in West Equatorial Africa and there was a further sub-division into two of what used to be known as Diocese of Western Equatorial Africa. In 1919, the Diocese of Lagos was carved out of the Diocese of Equatorial West Africa.”

The Bishop, who rolled out the programmes for the celebration themed “Stronger, Deeper and Higher”, announced the former Minister of Defence, Lt. Gen. Theophilus Danjuma, as the grand patron.

Olumakaiye, who was enthroned as the eighth bishop of the diocese on July 30, 2018, commended his predecessors for laying a solid foundation. He particularly lauded Most Rev. Ephraim Ademowo and his wife, Oluranti “for being so dogged and spiritual.”

He premised the growth of the diocese on commitment to the constitution as none of the past bishops and primates attempted any amendment to suit selfish interest, and the continued attention given to the poor, widows, less privileged, as well as providing scholarships to brilliant but financially handicapped children.

Olumakaiye said the unveiling of the centenary logo would hold on January 26, buhari c2019 at City Hall, Catholic Mission Street, Lagos.


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