In its avowed commitment to reach out to its host community, the St Peter’s Catholic Church, Ejigbo has rehabilitated the Olowokere Street by turning what used to be an earth road to interlocked bricks.
Speaking at the commissioning, the incumbent Parish Church Priest, Oke Afa Catholic Church, Reverend Father Leo Onyekachi said the Church was inspired by its teachings on service to humanity in taking the decision to do the road.
” We looked at the condition of the road and realized that we need to give back to the residents of this community”. He said.
Rev. Father Onyekachi said the Church pulls a lot of crowd during its service and other events and this always creates traffic jams and bottlenecks complicated by the poor state of the road.
He said it was a deliberate act of kindness, on what can be done that would be of benefit, to all and sundry that made the Church decide on the road rehabilitation. Relating the challenges encountered during the course of the reconstruction.
The Ejigbo Catholic Priest said the Church encountered opposition and faced disagreement from the community, who wanted the road to remain open and demanded a definite duration of the construction. “They were concerned about the usage of the road, and about the possibility of tampering with the drainage system of the area” he said.
Explaining that the project was funded solely by the church. “The funding was not easy on the Church, we had just finished a gigantic project, our Church Hall. But we held on because we believed this is God’s project and not of any one.
He said they had the issue of sundry works, trying to meet the target of time and also that of the contractor, who increased the budget which actually was a huge challenge.
Quoting the Bible in 19 verse 26, which says: “With God all things are possible”, Father Onyekachi said the congregation was certain that it would overcome all the challenges.
” Our specific arrangements were in line with the Lagos State directives. We got our Interlocking stones from their sites. We considered the pressure on the road and all what we used are highly durable”. Reverend Onyekachi implored users of the road, to ensure sanity in plying the road.
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