A Welcome Address Presented on the 30th Anniversary Grand Finale at Ofuobi Africa Center(11th Oct, 2016).
- Your Excellency, Most Rev. Dr. C.V.C Onaga, the Bishop of Enugu Diocese
- Your Excellency, Honourable Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, the Governor of Enugu State; honourably represented by the deputy Govenernor, Mrs.Cecilia Ezeilo
- Your Excellency, The Past Governor of old Anambra State Chief Senator Jim Ifeanyichukwu Nwobodo.
- Your Excellency Governor Peter Obi, the past governor of Anambra state
- Your Excellency, Mrs. Cecilia Ezeilo, deputy Governor of Enugu State
- Most Rev. Bishops; Rev. Monsignors; Rev. Fathers, Members of Institutes of Consecrated Life;
- Your Royal Highnesses; Members of the Political Class; The Legal Luminaries,
- Distinguished Ladies and Gentle men
I have the great honour to welcome you all to this remarkable day we are celebrating the Grand Finale of 30 years of CIDJAP. Glory be to the almighty God to whom it has pleased to entrust into our hands this apostolate of caring for the poor/the less-privileged and the promotion of human development in all its ramifications.
The Catholic Institute for Development, Justice and Peace (CIDJAP) is a social organ of the Catholic Church, committed to the implementation of the Catholic social teachings. It was registered in Abuja as number 7461 by the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as a non-governmental, non-profit, research and development organization.
This organization which started in 1986, from a lowly background has grown to be top of the list as an example of a success story in the arena of integral human development. It has evolved rapidly from modest beginnings to become one of Nigeria's foremost and easily one of the most versatile, dynamic, effective and patently credible NGOs in Nigeria. It is classified as the best example of providers of grassroots emancipation and holistic human development.
Through its numerous projects in the area of education and child sponsorship/scholarship programme, prison and human rights struggle, primary health care and general health provision, housing and community development initiatives, micro-credit and loans portfolio, democracy monitoring and good governance projects, caritas and social assistance for the indigent and the downtrodden of the society, conflict resolution and peace-building, Muslim-Christian dialogue, corporate social responsibility, women and youth's rights and HIV/AIDS, it has touched the lives of millions of people by relentlessly pursuing its tripartite causes of Justice, Development and Peace.
These virtues have been the ideals to which we have been committed and by which we are driven. We have maintained a clear focus which is to serve the needs of our people. CIDJAP is recognized by many local, national and international agencies and organizations. Our motto is: "If you want peace work for justice". Our logo is a map of Africa showing two hands shaking one another - a symbol of hope, openness to dialogue and friendship, sign of solidarity.
CIDJAP has touched many lives through these projects. Just to mention a few of them: Many people have been educated through CIDJAP scholarship awards. Since its inception 30 years ago, more than 500 people have benefited from CIDJAP scholarship awards; not partially but fully. CIDJAP though her legal department has bought justice to numerous Nigerians who have been imprisoned unjustly; many who have been detained without trials are brought to trials as and when due; others have been helped to obtained fair hearing and fair judgements. Those who have been released from jail are helped to adapt into the society and into their families through rehabilitation exercises carried out by our legal and prisons welfare departments. Also, numerous poor people and the less privileged troop into CIDJAP every day for financial and moral assistance; through our Caritas desk we are always there to offer assistance as much as we can. CIDJAP has trained more than three hundred young men and women in skill acquisition in our vocation technical training center, many of whom could have become nuisance for our society; but today they are self-employed men and women meeting up to the challenges of life. Etc.
This is why we have considered it a worthy venture to celebrate this Grand finale of our 30 years of practical achievements in the promotion of human development in our society. We have considered it also necessary to recognize some of our distinguished men and women who have worked and hence contributed towards human development in our society. These noble and respectable awardees we shall call to stand out when the time comes.
Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, your presence here today is most valued by us the staff of CIDJAP, Enugu Diocese, the universal Church, and the entire society. Be rest assured that whatever support you give us today will be channeled towards what CIDJAP stands for: to put it in a summery, integral development of our people and our society.
May the almighty God bless you, reward you abundantly and guide you in your life and to all your destinations through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
Very Rev. Fr. Dr. Chinedu Odinkemelu Anieke
Former Director CIDJAP