By: Wisdom Acka
Faith-based organizations have been urged to spearhead the rendering of community services to their immediate environment.
Such services can be in form of a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) through special interventions, aimed at solving the problems affecting the livelihood of the people within and around their domains.
FCT Secretary, Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat, Mallam Abubakar Ibrahim, gave this charge during an handing-over ceremony of a borehole donated by the Church of Christ, Kado, (Life-camp), to Kado village in the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC).
Ibrahim described the project as laudable; saying, it exemplified unconditional love for humanity.
He added that the intervention deserved to be emulated by other well meaning individuals and corporate organizations in the society.
The Secretary, who was represented at the occasion by a Director in the Secretariat, Mrs. Anne Ijeoma, noted that government alone can not meet the needs people, thus, need for intervention from others.
He words: “Your relationship with host community is very important, because if you don’t have good relationship with people around you, there is no amount of preaching you will do, that they will listen to.”
According to him, “Christianity is all about love, if there is no love, I’m sure this project will not be here today”.
Also speaking at the event, the Senior Special Assistant to FCT Minister on Monitoring, Inspection and Enforcement, Comrade Ikharo Attah, commended the Kado congregation of the Church of Christ for the noble initiative, that would impact positively on the people in the community.
Ikharo said: “We hope to see this project properly maintained. The FCT Minister, Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello is keen on getting people to understand the fundamentals of what life is.”
“He has been very grateful to the indigenes of the FCT, who have never been violent, but allowing access to their land for development, while also looking at their own interest as well. So we thank you for your good hearts and warm reception that has helped to grow this city,” the SSA remarked.
Also speaking, Chief of Kado, Esu Danlami Audu, who expressed gratitude to the Church for providing the borehole, said it is the first water supply intervention by a Church for people in the community.
He praised the recent activities of the FCTA enforcement drive, stating that it shows that FCT Administration abhors dirty environment, hence the need to continue to sustain the effort.
Earlier in his opening remarks, Bishop of Church of Christ Kado, Peter Egure, disclosed that the project is part of the Church’s way of giving back to her host community.
“The intervention is coming because we know this community lacks water. It is just a token of our love and good neighbourliness to preserve peace, and show that we are enjoying together in this community”, he emphasized.