SUNDAY, MAY 1, 2011
BITS FROM IBRU CENTRE
BY REV. CANON GABRIEL KPAGBAN
IBRU CENTRE VISITS OREM FAITH
As part of her Easter social responsibilities, the Ibru International Retreat Centre, Agbarha-Otor through the Omamo Trust Fund put in place by Dr. Alex Ibru visited the inmates of OREM FAITH ORPHANAGE. It is located at Afiesere by Amekpa junction Ughelli, Delta State.
Items presented to the home included: – Rice, tissues, milk, tubers of yams and detergents. Presenting the items on behalf of the centre the Rector, Ven. (Barr.) Ernest Onuoha said it was the little way the centre could assist in bringing joy and happiness to the inmates of the Home. He urged them not to feel abandoned for God’s gracious eyes will always be upon them.
Thereafter, some choruses were taken and the Chaplain of the centre Revd. Canon Gabriel Kpagban prayed for the inmates and officials of the Home for God’s continued blessings.
Acknowledging the donations later, the Matron of the Home, Mrs. E. A. Ezomon, expressed happiness for such a gesture and prayed God to bless Dr. Alex Ibru and the centre.
NYSC/MDG IN CONJUNCTION WITH IBRU ECUMENICAL CENTRE FOR WOMEN EMPOWERMENT PROGRAMME ON 21 APRIL, 2011
This programme was organized by a Youth Corp member Ore Omolayo Alice with DT number DT/10B/0912 attached to the Institute of Continuing Education, Agbarha-Otor in conjunction with the Omamo Trust Fund. 20 garri market women were organized by the Corp member, while the Omamo Trust Fund presented the wheelbarrows and basins.
The topic was Garri the Hygienic Process and its Relevance to Health. In her welcome address, she said it was a project in the furtherance of the Millennium Development Goals. According to her, it was her contribution to the National Orientation, social integration and re-orientation. She said since women are the bedrock of every family, it is necessary to empower them so that they could contribute their quota to the development of the society and alleviate poverty.
The guest speaker Mrs. Chioma Ernest Onuoha (wife of the Rector) said that if a staple food such as garri is not properly processed, it could cause such diseases as typhoid, diarrhea, cancer etc.
She identified the various processes of processing garri as (1) in the field process (2) product making process (3) marketing process. She concluded that if garri is properly handled from the field to the processing period and to the consumer in the market, it will be infection free and not cause any disease because ‘a healthy nation is a wealthy nation’.
Among those present at the occasion were the Rector, Ven. (Barr.) Ernest Onuoha, the Chaplain, Revd. Canon Gabriel Kpagban, the Finance/Admin Manager Mr. Lazarus Ojada, the Hospitality Manager Mr. Ola-Oluwa Joseph, the Assistant Finance Manager, Mr. Ezekiel Ebasa and a handful of youth Corp members.
Raffle draw was used to present the wheelbarrows to four participants and others won consolation prizes of basins.
The Rector in his remark expressed thanks to the Corp Member Alice for her initiative in putting the programme in shape. He also gave vote of thanks to the guest lecturer and all staff of the centre.
Imiete Akeodi Horace represented Alhaji Umar Mohammed, the Zonal Inspector, NYSC Ughelli Zone. He expressed the need to produce garri in a more hygienic way. All the participants expressed happiness at the raffle draw and prayed for the organizer of the programme.