RCCG Rose Of Sharon Carries Out Multi-million Naira CSR Initiatives To Mark 25th Anniversary

L-R: Principal, State High School, G.R,A, Ikeja, Adeola George; Former Executive Chairman, FIRS, Babatunde Fowler; Senior Pastor-in-Charge, RCCG Rose of Sharon, Emeka Obiagwu; Director, Science and Technology, Lagos State Ministry of Education, Ogunfuyi Hassan and Former Head of Service, Lagos State, Olabowale Ademola at the commissioning of the newly renovated and equipped Science Laboratory at the State High School, G.R.A, Ikeja as part of activities marking the 25th anniversary of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Rose of Sharon Parish.

The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Rose of Sharon Parish, G.R.A Ikeja has spent no less than 20 million naira on what it termed its ‘Christian Social Responsibility (CSR), as it renovated and equipped the Science Laboratory of a Lagos-based school and empowered 74 beneficiaries in its Business Expansion Support Programme in commemoration of its 25th year anniversary.

The initiatives which according to the Church, is also in furtherance of its Christian Social Responsibility (CSR), are among a series of programmes lined up by the Church to mark its landmark anniversary celebration themed ‘Exceeding Greatness’. The programmes which began on Thursday with the commissioning of the newly refurbished and equipped Biology, Chemistry and Physics Laboratories of the State High School, located at Muiz Banire Street, Ikeja, ran through to Sunday, 4th December, 2021.

RCCG Rose Of Sharon Carries Out Multi-million Naira CSR Initiatives To Mark 25th Anniversary - Vantage News Nigeria
Principal, State High School, G.R,A, Ikeja, Adeola George leading guests on a tour of the newly commissioned Science Laboratory renovated and equipped by the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Rose of Sharon Parish.

Speaking during the commissioning, the Senior Pastor-in-Charge of RCCG Rose of Sharon, Emeka Obiagwu, explained that the renovation and equipping of the laboratory among the initiatives lined up by the Church to mark the 25th anniversary of the parish as well as serve as part of the Christian Social Responsibly of the church aimed at positively impacting society.

Obiagwu, in his remarks, while noting that the science laboratories were rehabilitated with the sum of N15 million, said: “We thought it necessary to do something great for the community. We felt there is a need to touch lives and we felt it was important that we do a landmark project that 15 years from now will keep impacting people.

RCCG Rose Of Sharon Carries Out Multi-million Naira CSR Initiatives To Mark 25th Anniversary - Vantage News Nigeria
The Commissioner of Education Lagos State, Folashade Adefisayo, represented by the Director Science & Technology, Lagos State Ministry of Education, Mr. Ogunfuyi Hassan commissioning the newly renovated and equipped Science Laboratory by the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Rose of Sharon Parish.

“The burden was to ensure students learn in a conducive atmosphere. We set up a committee that went round to look for a landmark project and we identified that this school’s laboratory was in bad shape. We decided to refurbish, renovate and equip the laboratories,” he said.

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The former Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) Pastor Babatunde Fowler, who is also from the Church and who was at the commissioning said the parish saw the need to help in providing a conducive environment for the students, to foster learning.

RCCG Rose Of Sharon Carries Out Multi-million Naira CSR Initiatives To Mark 25th Anniversary - Vantage News Nigeria
Guests and dignitaries with some members of staff of the State High School G.R.A, Ikeja, shortly after the commissioning of the newly renovated and equipped Science Laboratory by the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Rose of Sharon Parish.

“It is clear that the government cannot do it all by itself, so we decided to partner with the government to provide a conducive learning environment for the students. We believe that as the government does its best and the private sector supports, the future of Nigeria, which are the students, will excel in their studies.

The Commissioner of Education Lagos State, Folashade Adefisayo, who was represented by the Director, Science & Technology, Lagos State Ministry of Education, Ogunfuyi Hassan, commended the Rose of Sharon Parish for partnering with the government in upgrading the education system in Lagos State.

RCCG Rose Of Sharon Carries Out Multi-million Naira CSR Initiatives To Mark 25th Anniversary - Vantage News Nigeria
Church Pastors and Ministers (Behind) and some of the 74 beneficiaries of the Business Expansion Support Programme, a CSR initiative to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the RCCG Rose of Sharon Parish, Ikeja G.R.A.

Noting that partnerships like these are needed for the progress of Lagos, the Commissioner urged private bodies and religious organisations to borrow a leaf from the Church to push the frontiers of development in the state.

Speaking in the same vein of appreciation, the Principal, State Senior High School, Adeola George, applauded the church for their support and also the Lagos state government for encouraging partnership.

RCCG Rose Of Sharon Carries Out Multi-million Naira CSR Initiatives To Mark 25th Anniversary - Vantage News Nigeria
Pastor Babatunde Fowler, Former FIRS Executive Chairman handing a sowing machine to a beneficiary of the Business Expansion Support Programme, a CSR initiative to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the RCCG Rose of Sharon Parish, Ikeja G.R.A.

In a related development, the Church yesterday, empowered 74 beneficiaries in its Business Expansion Support Programme.

A breakdown of this shows that 11 of these beneficiaries received Sewing machines while others who include Petty Traders, Soap makers, Beautician, Caterers, Perfumers received various cash support between N50,000 – N100,000 to help boost their businesses.

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Speaking exclusively on why the Church chose to use these CSR initiatives, Pastor Emeka said, “As a Church, CSR is in our DNA. We will continue to do that as long as we are on earth because that is the heartbeat of God. Our father in the Lord, Pastor E.A. Adeboye dreams, eats Christian Social Responsibility. Because of his passion, we have a Special Assistant to Daddy G.O on Corporate Social Responsibility who coincidentally, is the Head of Apapa Family, Pastor Idowu Iluyomade.

RCCG Rose Of Sharon Carries Out Multi-million Naira CSR Initiatives To Mark 25th Anniversary - Vantage News Nigeria
Cross-section of beneficiaries of the Business Expansion Support Programme, a CSR initiative to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the RCCG Rose of Sharon Parish, Ikeja G.R.A.

“The Apapa family and Redeemed Christian Church of God have donated intensive care units in hospitals in Nigeria and engaged in many CSR activities too numerous to mention,” he revealed.

Also in attendance at these CSR programmes were Former Head of Service, Lagos State Mrs. Olabowale Ademola; Minister-in-Charge CSR RCCG Rose of Sharon, Rosemary Fowler; HOD, CSR RCCG Rose of Sharon, Chukwuemeka Obi; Coordinator Business Expansion Programme, Gbolahan Adeosun and Former Principal RCCG Rose of Sharon Vocational School, Elder Ronke Alayande, among other dignitaries.

Other events held to mark the celebration of the Church’s 25th anniversary include the Ikeja Mega Crusade Evening at the Arch Bishop Vining Grounds in G.R.A Ikeja on Saturday and the Celebration Service of the Rose of Sharon held today at the Church’s premises at 65, Adekunle Fajuyi Way, G.R.A, Ikeja.

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