A former Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Theophilus Danjuma (retd), says Nigerians are in dire need of good housing and transportation system to live a meaningful life.
Danjuma said this on Monday at the unveiling of Centenary Logo and Inauguration of Divine Mandate partners of the Diocese of Lagos at City Hall, Lagos.
He commended the construction of Centenary City by Lagos Diocese of Anglican Communion, adding that the low cost estate in Ibeju-Lekki would help solve the housing problem of the poor and needy in the society.
He said: “Among other facilities, I observe that the proposed Centenary City will have low income housing estate.
“In fact, that is very good because housing and transportation are the most important needs for the people.
“People wake up so early to go to work in Lagos due to transportation challenges.”
Danjuma commended leaders of the Diocese, especially the Bishop, Rt. Rev. Humphrey Olumakaiye, for their efforts in ensuring that peace and progress are achieved among members.
Danjuma, therefore, pledged his support for the project, but advised the Lagos Diocese to ensure that funds for the project were raised and used judiciously.
Olumakaiye expressed gratitude to God for the grace he gave to the diocese to attain 100 years.
He said the centenary celebration has wide interesting activities for the physical and spiritual growth of the church and Lagos residents at large.
He said: “Our mandate for the Diocese is Priestly, Pastoral, Prophetic, Prayer and Praise Ministries.
“And we shall exist to glorify God, edify believers and multiply disciples for our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Olumakaiye said the centenary city would have empowerment and youth development centre, rehabilitation centre, games village and sporting centre, convention ground, garden of Gethsemane.
He said: “There will also be retreat centre, St. Luke’s Global Hospital, Women empowerment centre, resorts, amusement park and low income housing estate.
“Our Diocese will continue to impact the society and influence our nation for good as we pray that the forthcoming election in Nigeria will be free and credible leaders will be elected.”
The Chairman of the Centenary Anniversary Committee, Justice Adedayo Oyebanji, in her welcome address said the projects would be executed in phases, adding that it will commence by the end of 2019.
Oyebanji said: “The first phase will cost N5 billion.
“The programmes would run from January to December 2019.
“The grand finale of the centenary anniversary will be on 10th December.”
She called on all stakeholders to key into the laudable objective.