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Nigeria Legion, Itel Mobile, RCCG, foundation fete widows, kids at yuletide

By Emeka Nwachukwu and Dennis Erezi
21 December 2018   |   4:15 am
Respite came the way of over 100 widows and persons with disabilities in Mushin Local Government Area of Lagos State when members of Corps of Commissionaire...

Assistant Provincial Pastor in Charge of Province 67 CSR, Pastor Lanipekun Lawal (left); children from RCCG Love Assembly, Opeyemi and Babasekunmi; and convener, Pastor Bukola Lanipekun-Lawal at the children’s Christmas funfair.

Respite came the way of over 100 widows and persons with disabilities in Mushin Local Government Area of Lagos State when members of Corps of Commissionaire (Nigeria Legion) visited the community to donate cash and food items ahead of the yuletide.

Nigeria Legion is charged with the responsibility of promoting the welfare of ex-servicemen and supporting families of fallen heroes. Speaking at its end-of-year get-together, Director of Operations, Lagos division, Deputy Corps Commander Odemona Solomon, urged Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of giving and making the lives of others better.

Mushin Divisional Commander, Assistant Corps Commander Adesina Emmanuel, urged Lagosians to stay safe as they celebrate the yuletide, by avoiding excessive drinking and reckless driving on the highways.

As part of its quest to give back to the society in the spirit of yuletide, Itel Mobile, through its Christmas CSR initiative, has moved its Christmas train to communities across the country. The initiative tagged: ‘Love Always On’ saw the telecommunications outfit traversing major cities across the six geopolitical zones, Santa Claus spreading love and gifts to families.

The first port of call was a visit to the less privileged children, nursing mothers, widows and widowers in Oke-Eri community of Oworonshoki, Lagos State, as a team of volunteers and staff of Itel
Mobile in conjunction with Lagos Food Bank put smiles on their faces.

Oke Umurhohwo, Itel’s Marketing Communications Manager, said: “We don’t just aim to provide smartphones for everyone but to grow deeper and wider in community outreach in the coming years, touching over a million lives in 2020.”

Also in the spirit of the season, the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Province 67, Love Assembly Parish, has held its annual children Christmas funfair celebrations. The funfair saw over 200 children treated to gifts by Santa Claus. Pastor Bukola Lanipekun-Lawal, convener of the funfair, said: “Jesus our role model loves children and having worked hard in their schools all year round, the children look forward to events like this to unwind and play with each other.”

She emphasized that the Christmas season itself was about love. “The love God has for humanity, which caused him to release his only son for our salvation is the same love we Christians must spread at all times.”

Meanwhile, a non-governmental organization, Olagoke Victor Laniyan (OVL) Foundation has empowered a thousand widows, pregnant women and underprivileged persons with free healthcare and food items through its Love Outreach Programme for the yuletide season.

The outreach, which held at Multipurpose Hall of the University of Lagos, featured distribution of various food items, medical check-ups of blood sugar level and blood pressure, health talks and a praise concert.

Executive Director, OVL Foundation, Victor Laniyan, said the decision to include healthcare in the programme was borne out of “the reality of Nigerians being hard working people but paying less attention to their health.