The bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Osogbo, Most Rev. John Akin Oyejola has called for stronger solidarity and passionate collaboration of all people of goodwill in the society pursue the transformation of the situation of the hopeless in the society in order to facilitate the emergence of a crisis free-society built of the advancement of the dignity of every human person.
Bishop Oyejola stated this during the commissioning of the new office complex (Prince of Peace House) of the Justice, Development and Peace Makers’ Centre of Osogbo (JDPMC), a faith-based, Non-Governmental, Non-political, not-for profit and Charity Organization, held at Bishop’s House Oke-Ayepe in Osun State.
He expressed deep concern over the Poverty Index and human rights abuses in the State which according to him calls for special reflection and spontaneous reactions from all stakeholders of society both political and non-political Actors, especially those who are blessed and have financial Capacity to raise the standard of living of the downtrodden masses who are more often than not vulnerable to hunger, illness and other conditions that continuously assault their human dignity.
“Governments at all levels are striving so hard to combat Poverty in the Country, Osun State in particular but it is still worrisome that the efforts are not breaking the walls of poor living in any form as the daily verifiable indices yet still point to the reality of acute poverty in Nigeria today.
This is why Justice Development and Peace Makers’ Centre of Osogbo Diocese has decided to take it upon itself to put a structure like this that solely aimed at opening her heart and door to whoever intends to partner with it so as to put an end to Poverty. For this reason this new office also known as Prince of Peace House is being commissioned and dedicated to Indigents and Poor in Nigeria for their better tomorrow“ he concluded.
In his remark, the Deputy Governor of Osun State, Benedict Alabi represented by the Supervisor for Information to the Osun State Government Mr. Lani Baderinwa gave kudos to the JDPMC for its goodwill and passionate Service to Humanity which he described as the heartbeat of God. He therefore pledged the unwavering support of the Administration of Governor Oyetola to the Justice Development and Peace Makers’ Centre and good people of Osun at large.
Addressing the motley crowd present at the occasion during his Homily which was part of the efforts to commemorate the epoch-making event, the Vicar General of the catholic Diocese of Osogbo very Rev. Fr. Thaddeus Ajayi stressed the need why all hands must be on deck to ensure that life is worthy living for all and sundry as it is commanded by God to all mankind, charging them to always be their brother’s keeper.
Speaking, the General Coordinator of the JDPMC, Rev.Fr. Peter Akinkunmi reiterated the commitment of the Justice Development and Peace Makers’ Centre towards the better living of the common man; he added the Organization would place utmost priority on its four operational cardinal points aimed at raising the standard of living of the poor, creating an ambience of a Just Social Order built through solidarity and cooperation of all stakeholders.
“What we are witnessing today can be best described as a product effort of our tenacity of purpose to serve humanity passionately and without ulterior motive. This is what we stand at JDPMC. We shall not be swayed or carried away by any reason or factor and are committed to service based on grace given to us by God, likewise the focus of the poor, oppressed and less privileged shall be our priority,” he stated.