NEWS & EVENTS

A WELLCOME ADDRESS PRESENTED ON THE CELEBRATION OF CIDJAP 30TH ANNIVERSARY GRAND FINALE. THIS DAY THE 11TH OF OCT. 2016 AT OFUOBI AFRICAN CENTER INDEP. LAYOUT, ENUGU

  • 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
Director CIDJAP


The formal Launching of books by CIDJAP.

The new CIDJAP director, Rev. Fr. Dr. Anieke Chinedu Odinkemelu and the CIDJAP staff organized a formal launching of 8 books published in CIDJAP. These are books that expanciate on topics related to the CIDJAP. One of the books, the merits of the social teachings of the Church dwelt directly on what CIDJAP is known for: the social teachings of the Church. As an institution for Development, Justice and Peace CIDJAP propagate, promote and put into practice the social teachings of the Church. Other books include: the Legal Consequences of Igbo Customary and Canonical Laws on Marriage and Family Institution; Obiora Ike in his own words; Integral development, ethics, governance, and human rights in the African context etc.


Among the many dignitaries who graced the occasion were the executive governor of Enugu state, His Excellency Honourable Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi; the former governor of Anambra state, his Excellency Mr. Peter Obi and the former governor of old Anambra state, chief senator Jim Ifeanyichuckwu Nwobodo and wife. Others include the chairman traditional rulers Enugu state and the former ambassador of Nigeria H.R.H Igwe Agubuzu Lawrence and Chief Pet Edochie of Nollywood etc.


Governor Ugwuanyi who stayed briefly at the launching because of his busy schedules congratulated the new director of CIDJAP Fr. Chnedu Odinekemlu Anieke for the books published and said he came to encourage CIDJAP in the various social, legal and charitable works with which it is known. The former governor of Anambra state, Mr. Peter Obi did the unveiling of the books before doing his own launching. Mr. Obi said that he learnt a lot during his tenure in office as governor. He said that the work done by CIDJAP is of a great assistance to any government, which in actual fact undertakes and executes projects that should be government responsibility. This is why he thinks that government cannot neglect CIDJAP but should support and encourages her. The governor on the political situation in Nigeria regretted that the cost of governance in the country is too high. He said that if government could bring down the cost of governance in Nigeria that there will be enough money for everybody in the country and that this can help stabilize the economy of the country. The former governor of old Anambra state, Senator Jim Nwobod who was the chairman of the occasion in his speech regreted the fact that past governors like himself are forgoten in the cost of governance. He complained that since he retired as a governor, he has never received pension from the government. Chief Jim Nwobod however, encouraged the new director of CIDJAP in the work he is doing and pledges his continued support for CIDJAP. Jim on political power advised anybody who is in government to be careful not to allow his head to swell. He said that power is a very transient condition of life. It come and passes away very fast but if one is not careful, one will end up crashing out of power and in shame.


A WELCOME ADDRESS PRESENTED ON THE OCCASION OF THE LAUNCHING OF CIDJAP BOOKS, ON THIS DAY, 15TH OF JUNE 2016 AT OFUOBI AFRICAN CENTER INDEPENDENCE LAYOUT, ENUGU

  • Your Excellency, Most Rev. Dr. C.V.C Onaga, the Bishop of Enugu Diocese
  • Your Excellency, Honourable Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, the Governor of Enugu State and his Wife
  • Your Excellency, The Past Governor of old Anambra State, Chief Senator Jim Ifeanyichukwu Nwobodo, and the Chairman of this occasion
  • Your Excellency, Lady Patricia Nwobodo, the Mother of the day
  • Your Excellency, Governor Peter Obi, the past governor of Anambra 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 Gentlemen,

I have the great honour to welcome you all to this remarkable day set apart for the promotion of the gift of knowledge, intelligence and wisdom. Glory to the Almighty God to whom it has pleased to bestow on us children his precious charisms.

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 Teaching (CST). 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 NGO 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 etc, 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.


One can see therefore, that reading, writing and publication of books are part and parcel of the objectives and purpose of CIDJAP. It may be difficult for us to carry out our assignments effectively without writings and publications. This is why 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 summary, 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

Director CIDJAP


Monsignor Obiora Ike at 60 By C. Don Adinuba

In the 1980s most television watchers in old Anambra State were struck by the engaging perspectives of Father (as he was then called) Obiora Ike on the two philosophical programmes of the two television channels in Enugu then, the Nigerian Television Authority on the Anambra Broadcasting Service Television. Fr. Obiora was the newest guest on the programmes, but his contributions were particularly arresting. In no time, he became a professor at 37, and was elevated to the status of Papal Chamberlain. He speaks nine languages fluently, including Hausa, Arabic, Greek, Latin and German as well as French.

For some reason, throughout these years my path and Msgr. Ike's did not cross till about five years ago at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs in Lagos when the senior priest came for the public presentation of a series of multidisciplinary books of Peter Alex Egom, better known in the Nigerian media as Ashikiwe Adione-egom, the motor park economist a sobriquet he adopted in his eccentric days.

It was no surprise that Egom and Monsignor Ike had struck up a relationship so deep that the erstwhile eccentric economist had become a director of the Umuchinemere Ltd, the flourishing microfinance bank in Enugu foundation by the Catholic multitalented priest. They were intellectual and spiritual soul mates. Egom, who once toyed with Pentecostalism and even became a pastor, had returned fully to the Catholic Church and attended the mass everyday for years before he died of prostate cancer in Lagos in March, 2013.

Not long after the book lunch, I found myself in Enugu on a Sunday. Though lodged in a hotel New Heaven, I made effort to worship at the church in the Federal Housing Estate in Nike where Ike was the pastor or parish priest. As expected, it was a rewarding liturgical experience. But more important was the lunch in his residence, even though he did not know I was coming. I did not see any domestic aides, suggesting that he may have prepared the meal himself and was perhaps carrying out the domestic chores personally. Though he does not eat food with salt, he quickly prepared my own meal with salt and served me diligently. I savoured it all! How many times does one get a person older in age in Africa and highly accomplished by any standard in the world to serve one?

Ike is not just a parish. Priest He was then the vicar general, that is, the second in command in the whole of the Catholic Diocese of Enugu. He is also the leader of the highly influential Catholic Institute for Development, Justice, Peace and CARITAS (CIDJAP), a role which casts him in the mould of a liberation theologian in his own right. A liberation priest is in practical terms fighting social and economic injustices against mostly the marginalized in society in the firm belief that the struggle is consistent with the spirit and letter of the gospels.

As Ike and I were eating and chatting over some philosophical issues, I quickly remembered an account Fr. Raymond Arazu, another exceptional brilliant theologian and philosopher, gave on his 56th birthday in November 1995 which also marked the 29th anniversary of his priestly ordination. It was a moving testimony about what is now popularly called servant leadership involving the late bishop of Enugu Dioceses, Reverend, Michael Eneja. Eneje was already by April 1966 the parish priest of Fegge in Onitsha where Azaru, a deacon about to be ordained a priest, was staying; Eneje had some priest and domestic servants under him.

Yet on the eve of Arazu's ordaination, he personally carried a bucket of water on his head in the dead of the night from the ground floor to the would-be priest in his room which was on the third floor. In a very low tone so that he would not attract the attention of other or disturb the pace of those already asleep, the parish priest explained that he did so because the tap might not run the morning when Arazu would be preparing for his ordination!

"I stood speechless", Arazu was to write 29 years later. "In God's presented to me in concrete term, as a model, the night before my ordination. I usually do not see vision. My lessons are in real life situations. I wish I could become something like that!"

Msgr. Ike is in the category of servant leaders like the late Bishop Eneje whose canonization is just a matter of time. He is an authentic minister of the gospel in the order of Melchezedec, a polyvalent scholar par excellence, an enthusiastic campaigner for a better Nigerian society, a dedicated work for the poor and the oppressed, a priest with stupendous energy and a wonderful social mobilize. He turned 60 on April 7, 2016.

Adinuba is head of Discovery Public Affairs Consulting in Lagos


A WELLCOME ADDRESS PRESENTED ON THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF CIDJAP/60TH BIRTHDAY OF REV. MSGR. PROF. OBIORA IKE ON THESE DAYS 5TH -10TH  OF APRIL 2016 AT OFUOBI AFRICAN CENTER ENUGU.


  • Your Excellency, Most Rev. Dr. C.V.C Onaga, the Bishop of Enugu Diocese
  • Your Excellencies, Honourable Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, the Governor of Enugu State and his Wife
  • Your Excellency, The Past 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 Gentlemen

It is with gratitude to the almighty God that we are gathered here today who made this day what it is and to whom it pleased to project the Catholic Institute for Development Justice and Peace CIDJAP and her founder Msgr. Obiora Ike to the limelight like the diamonds shining in the sky. This celebration today is a manifestation of our gratitude to God and at the same time our prayers to our Lord and savior Jesus Christ who is ‘the Way, the Truth and the Life’, to continue to lead the ways of CIDJAP and her founder to greater heights and brightness for the good of the Church and the entire society, Amen.

What is CIDJAP?

Catholic Institute for Development, Justice, Peace and Caritas (CIDJAP) is a Church based organization and social ministry arm of the Catholic Diocese of Enugu. Founded in the year 1986 in the vision of a young Rev. Fr. Obiora Ike, now a Monsignor and Professor, CIDJAP has lived through these 30 years with an edge over other Church based NGOs in Enugu and Nigeria. Her birth could be seen taking shape from a collection of some church documents and commissions which are geared toward care for souls and other social concerns. As can be seen, Rerum Novarum, the ground breaking encyclical letter of the Pope, launched the church into the cause of social reform. It was a rediscovery of the social vocation of the Christian, and a radical response of the church to the socio-political situation of the time. The world just had to become better! The passion for the betterment of the world turned into a refrain in the Church and the Popes supported this development. In 1931, Pope Pius XI released the Quadragesimo Anno, in commemoration of the forty year of Rerum Novarum. In 1961, Pope John XXIII published Mater et Magistra. In it he wrote "though the Church‘s first care must be for souls, how she can sanctify them and make them share the gifts of heaven, she concerns herself too with the exigencies of people’s daily life, with their livelihood and education, and their general welfare and prosperity" (no 3). With this therefore a caveat has been created for social work as a legitimate concern of Christians to make the world a better place. It was in 1965 that the Fathers of the Vatican Council II released the document: Gaudium et Spes (Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World) in which the church agreed unequivocally that temporal issue besieging mankind like poverty is really of special interest for the Church. "Nothing that is genuinely human fails to find an echo in the heart of Christians. For theirs is a community composed of men who, united in Christ and guided by the Holy Spirit, press onwards towards the kingdom of the Father and are bearers of the message of salvation intended for all men. That is why Christians cherish a feeling of solidarity with the human race and its history". On January 6" 1967, Pope Paul VI inaugurated the Pontifical Commission for Justice and Peace “lustitia et Pax” with a clear mandate to set the pace of witness to Gospel values in the modern world of today. On December 10, 1979, Pope John Paul II issued a Motu Proprio “lustitiam et Pacem” (Peace in the World) which maintained that "promotion of justice and peace and the penetration of all spheres of human society with the light and leaven of the gospel have never ceased to be the true object of the Church‘s efforts in fulfillment of our Lord's command”. It is in this light that CIDJAP came to be born under the episcopacy of Late Bishop Michael Ugwuja Eneja. CIDJAP is classified as the best example of providers of grassroots emancipation and holistic human development. Registered in the corporate affairs commission with a registration number 7461, her motto reads: If you want Peace, work for Justice. Her mission is to empower people, promote integral development, challenge structures of injustice, create hope and work for peace. Her vision is Promotion of pastoral and social teachings of the Church, giving succour to the downtrodden, encouraging African self determination, African self reliance, and inculcating in the people the spirit of hard work and dignity of labour.


Appreciation

This address will not be complete if we fail to express our gratitude to the following: The emeritus bishops of Enugu Diocese, the first among them is the Late Bishop Godfrey Okoye Cssp who remains a model for Msgr Obiora Ike and for CIDJAP; Bishop Okoye was also a source of good luck for the then young seminarian serving as an auxiliary teacher at the junior seminary Nsude under the then Rector, Fr. Chinawa of the blessed memory. Bishop Okoye came for an inspection tour at the seminary and met Obiora Ike in the class room teaching. Here was the conversation between them. "Boy, why are you still here"? Obiora humbly replied "The Rector wishes me to do another one year of teaching because he said I am too young to go to the senior seminary" Bishop Okoye replied "Too young and brilliant!, Jesus wants young people, proceed immediately to the Bigard and tell Fr. John Ogbonna that I sent you"


 The good works of Bishop Godfrey Mary Paul Okoye who attracted the Caritas International to the war-torn east coast of Nigeria, to offer relief materials to displaced families, also fired in the young Obiora Ike the zeal to do something about the plight of the unfortunate and impoverished members of the society. This was the foundation on which CIDJAP was built.


Late Bishop Michael Ugwuja Eneja was the one who laid the foundation of CIDJAP by sending the then Fr. Obiora Ike to study abroad as a seminarian. He also approved the establishment of CIDJAP and was the bishop who blessed the foundation stone of CIDJAP. The social and pastoral thoughts and actions of Bishop Godfrey Mary Paul Okoye and the spirituality and thoughts of Bishop Michael Ugwuja Eneja, had very great influence on the young Obiora Ike since his elementary school years between 1970 to 1975, when he was Mass server with Fr. Francis Nwokedi Ezumezu at the Sacred Heart Parish, Uwani Enugu, then under the supervision of Bigard memorial Seminary priests, namely, Fr. Ochiagha (now Bishop Ochiagha), Fr. Michael Okoro (now Bishop Okoro), Fr. Osmund Anigbo (late), Fr. Albert Obiefuna (Late Bishop Obiefuna) and Fr. Michael Eneja (late Bishop Eneja), who was then the spiritual director.

Your Lordship, we thank you for the support you gave to us. We know that you are in heaven with God, based on this believe, we are sure that you will assist us with your power of intercession so that the seed you planted will grow stronger as the cynosure of the Church in Enugu Diocese and of the entire society. Most Rev. Dr. Anthony Okonkwo Gbuji, the immediate Bishop emeritus of Enugu Diocese, CIDJAP and Msgr. Obiora Ike is indebted to you for the support you gave to this institution during your time as the bishop of Enugu. We assure you of our prayers and wish you many more healthy years.


 Our Bishop, Most. Rev. Dr. C.V.C Onaga, the bishop of Enugu Diocese. It was Thornton Wilder who said that “We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.”We cannot express our gratitude to you enough. My Lord, "If the world had more people like you it would be a better place. You do make a difference." Thank you for being a father to us and to your Son Msgr. Obiora Ike.


We cannot do justice to this celebration if we do not remember the family that nurtured the celebrant.
The papa of Obiora F. Ike late Richard Maduabuchi Ike and his lovely wife and mother of his nine children, late Lucy Mgbafor Ike (nee Nzekwe). Rev. Msgr.Obiora Ike is a good example of a child whose father and mother passed down good qualities and attributes of excellent spirit and godly heritage. We thank you for the gift of Obiora Ike, we shall continue to pray for your eternal repose in the Lord.


Growing up in Gusau, the little Obiora was tendered by Mallam Mohamed, a northerner, who also doubled as the family domestic assistant and residential security guard. At his early childhood, Mohammed taught the little Obiora Hausa and Arabic languages, as well as the Koran. Mallam Mohamed we say thank you where ever you are now. His elementary two teachers in 1962 at a primary school in Gombe, Mr. Innocent Onwuamaeze, a native of Amankwo Oghe, Ezeagu, Enugu, State and others; as well as his teachers during his primary school days at the Saint Patrick Catholic School, Ogbete, Enugu, between 1966 to 1967, Miss Regina Akilo, now Mrs. Udeaba and others, we say thank you for the good education you impacted on the young Obiora Ike. We say many more thanks to his teachers in the seminary, especially in the junior seminary. The rectors, Father Emmanuel Otteh, (now late Bishop Otteh); Msgr. Stephen Ezeanya (now late Bishop Ezeanya) and Fr. Paul Chinawa (now late) etc, we say thank you for nurturing the vocation of the then young Obiora Ike.


We must mention the Bishop who ordained him priest on 4 July 1981, Most Rev. Dr. Bruno Wechner in a ceremony at Saint Karl Church, Hohenems. My Lord, may God bless you. Cardinal Joseph Hoffner, emeritus archbishop of Cologne, under whom Msgr. Obiora Ike served as Chaplain and pastoral director of the Deutschordens, Wohnstift, Cologne Germany, where he made eternal friends such as Lothar Roos, Martin Lohmann, Alfons Herwig, Deacon Winfred Mueller, Charles Gessmann, Frederick Herweg; and Mr. Adolf Distelkamp, etc and with whom he co-founded the Nigerian German Contact; we say many thanks for your un-quantifiable support and expressions of friendship.


Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. Based on this we want to appreciate the past and present members of staff of CIDJAP who have helped to transform this social industry into an unforgettable institution in the Catholic Church. We mention the following: Late Mr. J.H.U Nnaka and Victor Onyema; others are Amaka Okeke, Amaka Udoye, Nnenna Ngene, Maureen Ogidi and Sr. Josephine Threlfall, etc. We cannot forget the past deputy directors in the persons of Frs. Leo Ilechukwu, Herbert Eneh, Joe Impey, Christian Nwatu, Emma Ugwu, Ikechukwu Odigbo and Tony Ezekwu etc.

To the present members of staff we say thank you for being there. In the words of President John F. Kennethy, "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them." And still in the words of this great man: “My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” Hence, this is an era of not asking what CIDJAP can do for you, ask what you can do for CIDJAP.

Distinguished quests of honour, distinguished ladies and gentlemen. We want to say to you that we are grateful for your presence with us today. There is the saying that “gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity...it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” Based on these words we hope that any shortcomings of ours today will be turned into ‘enough and more’ for you. We are therefore confident to invite you to relax, feel at ease, feel at home and enjoy the intellectual, social, cultural and spiritual banquets that we have provided for you today.

And may the almighty God bless you and guide you through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

Yours,

Rev. Fr. Dr. Anieke Chinedum Odinkemelu

Director CIDJAP


Invest in Human Capital Development, Don Urges NGOs, government

The Director, Catholic Institute for Development Justice and Peace (CIDJAP), Enugu State, Msgr. Prof. Obiora Ike, has called on government and Non-Governmental Organizations to put in place measures aimed at developing the nation's human capital for increased growth and development.

Prof Ike, who stated this yesterday in Enugu during an inaugural conference as part of activities marking the 30 years Anniversary of CIDJAP regretted that Nigeria is in its current state partly because of the failure of government and NGOs to invest more in human capital development.

He said that for the impact of NGOs operating in the country to be properly felt on the citizenry, there is need for them to initiate projects that will be geared towards harnessing the nation's large human resources.

According to him, Nigeria do not need new policies in other to bring about improved living condition of the people rather, government and NGOs need to put in place practical steps that will help actualize the already existing ones.

He recalled that since its establishment in 1986, CIDJAP, as an NGO has put in place nearly one thousand projects in various parts of Enugu State that have gone a long way in impacting positively on the lives of people.

His words: "You cannot develop a people in the air. You must develop them through visible transformation in such a way that they will help themselves. Self help is the best help. At the onset, we saw what the environment looked like and we said, 'as we are involved in the teachings, we must start practice.

There must be a platform where the teachings could be put to use. The first project CIDJAP went into was agriculture. We developed one of the largest farms in the East of the Niger. That farm is now the seed that has become the Godfrey Okoye University where lives are been groomed as well."

He therefore cautioned that unless efforts are made to tap from the already existing structures, things may not be better than they are in the country currently as according to him, "feeding people in Nigeria is what nobody needs to do because you can feed yourself".

Also speaking, the guest speaker, Dr. Agu Chukwuma, stated that the main reason why many NGOs fail to operate successfully in the country is there inability to "create something new that will help government in its actions".

Speaking on a paper titled 'Impact of Indigenous Civil Society Organisations towards Development in Nigeria', he said the failure of most NGOs and CSOs to present something tangible that can help better the lives of Nigerians has been a hindering factor to their smooth operation in Nigeria.

"Untill they understand that you can't just come out and start looking for donors unless there is a reasonable offer you have, most of our NGOs will end up having little or no impact on people's live", he added.


Foundation Laying Ceremony of VTTC Hostel

The foundation laying ceremony of VTTC Hostel was done on 2nd October, 2015 by the Catholic Bishop of Enugu, his Lordship C.V.C. Onaga, the Director of CIDJAP, Msgr. Obiora Ike, the Deputy Director, Fr. A. Ikechukwu Agu and some other Priests and Staff of VTTC.

It was a brief and organized ceremony where the Bishop in his remark was very much grateful to Hugo and his team for the good works he has been doing for VTTC, CIDJAP and Enugu Diocese as a whole and promise to always adhere to the instructions giving to them for their better tomorrow.


Professor Christoph Stuecklberger and Mark Zdunnek visits CIDJAP

Christoph Stueklberger and Mark Zdunnek visited CIDJAP on 30th September, 2015 at about 4 pm.

Professor Christoph is the Executive Director of Global Ethics in Switzerland. The Organisation was borne ten year ago to find solutions to ethical challenges facing the world especially in law, politics, business, education, development etc globally through collaboration. It also uses the internet to strengthen ethics globally.

With the internet one can download so many printed documents from their e-library via their site, globethics.net. which host over 1.8 million books. Meanwhile one can also be a member of the ethics club of which the Director of CIDJAP, Prof Obiora Ike is the Nigerian's contact person.

Other areas where they work includes:

  • Research and Publication: They have published so many books and would like to publish CIDJAP's books and key them into their e-library too. One can easily have access to the library via globethics.net He extended a hand to CIDJAP to be co-publisher with Global Ethics.
  • Training of people in different positions and from various walks of life like church leaders, registrars, accountants, entrepreneurs, etc.
  • Trainings on peace and justice ie gender inequality.
  • Dialogues with other religions to encourage peaceful co-existence. (Inter-religious dialogue)

CIDJAP's other guest, Mark Zdunnek is a Media Communication expert, a producer, a director and an educator. He has been in Nigeria in 2013 and he is from Germany. He covers the stories of Rotary International on maternal and child health and he is in Enugu for some projects with Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu.

However, a collaboration was established between CIDJAP and Global Ethics Switzerland wherein publications can be shared on same website, trainings shall be supported and the goal of BEN-Africa on ethics shall be promoted. This is possible because CIDJAP is a leading ethics institute in Nigeria and has championed ethics studies and application through her programmes. The team thanked the staff and encouraged them in their work. Professor Christoph encouraged them to continue on the area of entrepreneurship training.


Report on the Summer Lectures 2015 with Catholic University of America

The Catholic University of America Washington, USA in collaboration with Catholic Institute for Development, Justice Peace and Caritas (CIDJAP) once more held her annual week long Summer professional programme on Entrepreneurial Development Business Management Ethics and Social Teachings from the 13th - 17th July 2013 at Ofuobi Africa Center Independence Layout, Enugu.

This is the third of its kind since it was began in 2013 with the aims of teaching persons both old and young, male and female, of all sects, religion and faith, the principles of Justice, Peace, Catholic/ Christian Social Teaching, Development, Business and Entrepreneurship, together with other topical issues which advance learning and improve coexistence of people in the Society.

This year's lectures was a repeat of previous years and fantastically too since it dwelt on Catholic/ Christian Principles. However there were new material on virtue applications, empathy techniques, and new CST documents. The lectures were based on the wisdom of several professors from the Catholic University of America School of Business.

The anchor, Fr. Paul Sullins devoted part of the program, more or less as best serves, to discuss the Godly natural family of man and woman in marriage. It was fitting and good as he recounted the arguments and evidence both theological and natural for God's design for sexual difference; and, as it happened, he is one of the top Catholic experts in the USA on this topic and he cited the unfortunate action of his country the United States of America on Marriage.

He also shared material from one forthcoming book "The Conjugal Family: An Irreplaceable Resource for Society" which the Pontifical Council for the Family has commissioned him to edit (with Pierpaolo Donati of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences).

Dr. Okechukwu Nnani, a consultant at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH) and working at the Institute of Child Health, made a presentation on the Church position and benefits of Marriage between man and woman. Elder Ike Ujah, a financial expert and Consultatnt at Ike Ujah and Associates, a Finance Consultancy firm in Nigeria, reflected on entrepreneurship and proposal writing with the theme - Growing Ideas into Business.

These two local resources were invaluable additions to this year's programme which added good impact to the lecture series. The participants were appreciative of this initiative and hoped for more of it in the subsequent lectures.

The Summer Lectures for the year 2015 ended with a closing session which was graced with group pictures, merriment, presentation of gifts and appreciation of the Nigerian Friends at St. Jerome Parish who supported the travel of Fr. Paul Sullins and made it possible for this lecture to hold.


An Address presented by Rev. Sr Ohadomere Lucy, the Matron of Guardian Angels Motherless Babies Home; on the Opening Ceremony of a New Orphanage located at Nwanne di namba Catholic Housing Estate; on this Day, 10th April 2015

  • The Bishop of Enugu Diocese, Most Rev. Dr. CVC Onaga
  • The Director of CIDJAP; Rev. Fr. Msgr. Obiora Ike
  • Mother General of DMMM Congregation; Rev. Mother Casmir Nwadiukwu
  • Regional Superior of Onitsha Region Rev. Sr. Kate Nweke
  • Special Guest of Honour; Princess Buechi of CSI from Vienna Austria with team.
  • Priest and Religious;
  • Distinguished Guests;
  • Ladies and Gentlemen;

I feel highly honoured to welcome all of you to this great event of opening a befitting home for Guardian Angels Motherless Babies (GAMB) in Enugu Diocese. My heart is overflowing with joy, my face beaming with smiles as I thank the Almighty God for making our reason for gathering here today a great reality and a huge success.

Today's ceremony has a dual nature, in the sense that we are not only opening a new orphanage for our children, but also opening a new convent for the sisters that are taking care of the motherless children. I appreciate immensely the benevolence of Msgr. Obiora Ike who conceived the idea of giving the motherless children and their care takers a befitting home. Worthy of Note is that Msgr. Obiora Ike is the Director and Father of Guardian Angels Motherless Babies Home in Enugu diocese.

We are very grateful to the Bishop of Enugu diocese Most Rev. CVC Onaga for his fatherly love and care to the motherless children, and for approving the usage of the land and housing space for the new orphanage. We also thank the mother General of DMMM Congregation Rev. Mother Casmir Nwadiukwu for her motherly love towards the motherless children.

We are most grateful to those who sponsored the erection of this new building especially the Christian Solidarity International (CSI) Austria and Frau Maria Schreiber of blessed memory. Please let us observe a minute silence in honour of this great philanthropist.

Brief History of the Orphanage

Guardian Angel Motherless Babies Home is a child welfare home. A home that shelters and takes care of abandoned motherless and fatherless babies, persecuted children due to religious belief, street children and children whose mother died during child birth. This orphanage was founded on the 22nd of February 1999 by Bishop of Enugu Diocese, Bishop A. O Gbuji and his Vicar Msgr. Obiora Ike who is also the Director of Catholic Institute for Development Justice and Peace (CIDJAP). The orphanage exists as a place of HOPE to save life, give life and protect life.

The first building the diocese used for the orphanage at Emene was sponsored by the Catholic parish of Mainhausen / Woldechausa Germany through Deacon Edmund Eze and his mission group. Rev. Fr. Christopher Ezekwugo, a monk was also part of this mission project in Nigeria at that time. When Fr. Christopher Ezekwugo was called back to his monastery, the then Bishop of Enugu Bishop of Enugu Diocese Dr. A.O .Gbuji together with the Vicar General of Enugu Project co-ordonator, Msgr. Obiora Ike, took over the Mission project and invited the congregation of the Daughters of Mary Mother of Mercy (DMMM) to manage it for the diocese.

Progress Report

It is a thing of great joy to let us know that the orphanage began with only three children. But today, Statistics has it that three hundred and fifty (350) children have been nurtured and raised to the glory of God since the inception of the orphanage. Presently, the children in the orphanage are twenty-nine in number. In the area of health, quality health care scores high in the scale of our priority. The management ensures that the children are given full and adequate health care attention.

The orphanage has a specialized doctor (pediatrician) that attends to the health needs of the children. The care takers of the home are doing their best to make sure that all the children in the orphanage are given enough moral training and equal tender loving care. Presently some of our children are being brushed up educationally through the financial help of many local and foreign supporters. More sponsors are needed in this aspect to enhance a balanced development of the children.

Challenges that gave rise to the relocation of the Orphanage

Over the years, the Emene area where the orphanage was formerly located had been a slum. Natural disaster such as water erosion had destroyed our buildings, walls around our buildings and some valuables. This condition threatened the lives of the Children and Sisters. Poor accommodation and industrial air pollution that constitute health hazards are among the major problems that necessitated the re-location of the orphanage. You can agree with me that the quality of shelter and environment are among the primary factors that can hinder or enhance the healthy development of every individual. The above mentioned problems gave rise to the urgent need of building a new house which the CSI Vienna under the secretary General Dr Elmar Kuhn gave their recommendation.

Needs of the Orphanage

Some needs of the orphanage have been taken care of while some still need to be taken care of. We thank all who in one way or the other have contributed to the smooth running of the orphanage. We have penned down our major problems on paper as take home information for more support. At the moment, our urgent needs include: water supply, energy for light, food stuffs, educational fees for our children, a home for the staff and volunteer workers. Above all, we appeal to individuals, groups and organizations to assist us in building a Nursery/Primary School for our children within the orphanage environment. As we all know, right to education is one of the fundamental human right of every human being. Building a school within the orphanage will go a long way to meet the moral psychological and educational needs of our children. Very important too is that we need more sponsors for our children's education.

Recognition of some Outstanding Benefactors of the Orphanage

We remain grateful to the entire Catholic Diocese of Enugu, the Bishop and Msgr. Obiora Ike who stand as the first benefactors of the orphanage. They have been enthusiastic and vibrant channel through which other benefactors reach to us. We are deeply indebted to the following benefactors:- Christian Solidarity International (CSI) under International Donor and Humanitarian Agency from Germany, the secretary to the association Dr. Elmar Kuhn, the member of board, Prinz - Buechi, a staff of CSI, Mr. Gatnar, Missionskreis Mainhausen under Deacon Dr. Edmund Eze, Mrs. Wiltrud Eze for their support with water tank construction and also PMK Achen. They have always played a vital role in supporting the motherless children. We also wish to recognize and bestow our gestures of gratitude to the following Nigerian benefactors:- Mrs. Okpoko, Mrs. Nikora, Nwankwo's family, and Rev. Fr. Habert Eneh in USA who worked in (CIDJAP) in the past.

We also thank in a special way Mrs. Uche Nwoye and her husband. They are the people that decorated this place and sponsored the foods and drinks for the children today. We equally congratulate their daughter who is celebrating her birthday today.

A saying has it that givers do not lack. We therefore beckon on God Almighty in whose riches we all share to continue to beautify these benefactors with his graces and blessings unto eternity. Amen.

Appreciation and Conclusion

I cannot conclude this address without thanking the Parish Priests and parishioners of our Lady of Rosary Catholic Parish Emene, especially the Legion of Mary's Pious Organisation for their great love and support towards the motherless children. We thank Rev. Fr. Obodo the parish priest of St. Dominic's Parish Nwannedinamba Catholic Housing Estate, the architect of the new orphanage building Mr. Titus Aneke, Fr. Alexander Ugwu with his group builders. Special thanks to all the Rev. Sisters and workers of Guardian Angels Motherless Babies Home.

Finally, I heartily say a very big "THANK YOU" to all of you here present, for the enormous sacrifice you made by identifying with us today and for the great love you have shown to the motherless children through your generous support and prayers. May the Lord bless you all and prosper the work of your hands. May he shower his favours on your various families and protect you from all dangers and also grant you safe journey to your various destinations in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Thank you once again and remain blessed in the Lord.

Rev. Sr. Ohadomere Lucy

Matron (GAMB)

'Caritas Day' on Thursday 12th March, 2015 at CIDJAP, Uwani, Enugu

Introduction:

Less Privilege in various parishes smiles as Catholic Diocese of Enugu celebrate Caritas Week which is one of the Diocesan yearly programs. Caritas Week is a week the Catholic Diocese of Enugu mapped out to hear the cries of the poor. The program this year was coordinated from "Caritas Desk", CIDJAP, Uwani Enugu by Sr. Victoria Ezeh (MSHR) from 8th - 15 March 2015.

The theme this year came from one of the teachings of Christ, "I was hungry, you gave me to eat" which he went further and put it clearer that, 'what so ever you do to the least of my brothers, that you do unto me' (Mtt: 25:35). The ardent call from Christ is what Caritas desk in CIDJAP Enugu is trying to answer as they give food to the hungry, clothing those who are naked, heal the sick and broken hearted; attend to the homeless and the prisoners.

This laudable corporal work of Mercy is the brain child of Rev. Msgr. (Prof.) Obiora Ike. We thank God for a rare gift of a person like him.

The celebration

In this Caritas week, all philanthropist within and outside Enugu were invited on Thursday, 12th March 2015 at CIDJAP, Uwani, Enugu to come and fundraise for the poor in this Lenten period. Early on that day, it was exciting seeing many people from all works of life comprising Priests and Religious, Laity especially Charity groups and St. Vincent De Paul that work at closed range with the poor in their various parishes in the Diocese arrived at CIDJAP.

At 10 am, the occasion commenced with a Holy Mass led by the chief celebrant Rev. Msgr. Enem the Parish Priest of Sacred Heart Akpugo and the Chaplain of St. Vincent De Paul. After Mass, special invitees were called to the high table by the MC of the day- Mr. G. Ike the Personnel Manager of CIDJAP followed by short speech from the Chairman of the occasion - Rev. Fr. Agu Aloysius Ike the Deputy Director of CIDJAP.

After the presentation of cola nut, Rev. Fr. Michael Ogbu gave a powerful reflection on the theme. He focused on the reaching out to the poor and quoted Mk: 6; 34-36- the feeding of five thousand by Jesus. Jesus looked at the crowd and had compassion on them and told his disciples to give them something to eat. The priest put emphasis on Christians to be compassionate like Jesus. This is our calling.

Christians should try not only to give alms to the poor but to find a way to help the poor to help themselves to better their situation. He cited the visit of the Catholic Bishop of Nigeria to Nigerians who run from Boko Haram in Borno State to Cameroun. Their visit gave them hope that they are not forgotten.

He went further to talk about the abuse of the spirit of charity. After the talk, many questions, sharing and clarifications came forward from the abuse. Father Michael gave his full explanation of on the issue.

Few donations were made. After the refreshment, vote of thanks was given by the Caritas coordinator Rev. Sr. Victoria Ezeh and the Deputy Director, Fr. Agu Aloysius Ike. The celebration came to a close with prayers and blessings from all the priests present.


The Opening Year Retreat for CIDJAP Staff

The staff of CIDJAP after a Christmas holidays, resumed duty on 19th January 2015. They began with a two day retreat programme facilitated by Sr. Annett Sullivan at Ofuobi Africa Centre which equally accommodated all the staff of CIDJAP subsidiary projects. The aim of the retreat was to launch the staff into the New Year with new ideas, also on how to move the institute forward which is the key towards achieving its goals.

The programme started with an opening mass concelebrated by the Deputy Director Fr. Aloysius Agu and CIDJAP- VERBUM Manager, Fr. Paul Akpomie O.P. After the mass, staff retired to the event venue where Sr.Annett Sullivan welcomed them and thanked God who kept them alive to witness the New Year.

She introduced the theme of the workshop as "Spirituality of solidarity". She advised the staff to stay focus and visionary and to keep the lamp of hope burning in the world filled with many dark spot.

SWOT analysis also came into play when she grouped the staff into small units and challenged them into discovering through discussion what were the strength, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of CIDJAP. All the points were collected and analyzed. She also introduced SMART method of pursuing organizational goals (S-specific, M-measurable, A-achievable, R-realistic, T-time bound) as it regards achieving our goal as an institute through the activities of our different departments.

She explained its full meanings as follows: SPECIFIC- Being able to narrow down our objectives on the particular goal we want to achieve. MEASURABLE- There must be evidence that one has attained its goal. ACHIEVABLE-It must be an attainable goal. REALISTIC- The goal must be achievable within the resources one has on ground .TIME BOUND- The goal must be achievable within a specific time frame. The exercise helped the different departments to set up a goal and means of achieving it for the New Year.

Fr. Paul Akpomie also delivered a talk on Spirituality of Solidarity. He stressed on the need for collaboration within different departments of CIDJAP in the spirit of solidarity which will help the institute to move forward. He also talked on the need for information sharing and for staff to desist from poor attitude to work and to imbibe in them the spirit of compassion.

The Deputy Director, Fr. Aloysius Agu encouraged the staff to be visionary. He stressed on the need for dedication towards ones assignment.

The Director's message was read by the Deputy Director. The Director, Msgr. Prof. Obiora Ike thanked the staff for their attendance and advised all as follows: There should be agenda and target setting, efficiency, programs development, and all round improvement of services by all.

The programme came to an end with a vote of thanks by the CIDJAP legal consultant Barr. Mrs. P. C. Egbuna. In her speech, she appreciated the good work of Sr. Annett Surllivan and thanked her for the well packaged workshop. She equally thanked the staff for their collaborative participation and prayed that the good spirit of this workshop will guide the staff throughout the year.


CIDJAP celebrates her 28th Anniversary

Catholic Institute for Development, Justice Peace and Caritas (CIDJAP) was founded on the 4th of October 1986 by Msgr. Prof. Obiora Francis Ike. The 4th of October this year marked CIDJAP at 28 and it was actually celebrated in a grand style on the 3rd of October.

The event took place at Ofuobi Africa Centre being a project of CIDJAP. It started by 10am with an animation programme that was well packaged by the general Manager of Ofuobi Africa Centre Sr. Annette Sullivan.

She made the staff to ex-ray the position of CIDJAP in the past years and its position in the present which will help the staff to know which areas they need to put more effort as to improve the work of the institute. Towards the end of the animation, there were the recommitting of the staff to the mission and vision of CIDJAP.

The animation programme was followed up with a thanksgiving mass co-celebrated by the Deputy Director Fr. Aloysius Agu, the outgoing VERBUM Network manager Fr. Gabriel Odin and the new VERBUM Network Manager, Fr. Paul Akpomie.

In the homily rendered by the Deputy Director Fr. Aloysius Agu, He thanked God for the journey so far and praised the Director for his thoughtfulness in establishing an institute that has touched many lives.

He also praised all the staff for their tireless efforts towards pushing the institute forward. He further encouraged them to continue with their good works towards the society in realization of the mission and vision of CIDJAP.

At the end, the occasion was graced with light music and refreshment.


CIDJAP on the side of the Persecuted Christians with the support of CSI

The Christian Solidarity International (CSI), an international donor organization based in Switzerland and the United States of America, has extended support to CIDJAP in her course to provide for the persecuted Christians in Nigeria.

In the last years in Nigeria, persecution of Christians has increased tremendously to the record of thousands who have lost their lives and properties worth millions destroyed. Behind this mayhem is the Boko Haram that stood out to expel Christianity, Western Education and Civilization in Nigeria.

The affected persons count over 80% who are Igbos and Christians in Nigeria. They stranded are stranded. It is on this note that CSI has come in to support CIDJAP reach out to these poor and stranded Christians.

The grant received has aided the training of Children in Schools, provision of basic amenities for quality education, feeding and medical care for their children and empowerment of 75 women under the Grassroot Women Empowerment and Development Education (GWEDE).

In his speech, the Director of CIDJAP expressed joy at the work and support received from the CSI and has called for prayers for Peace and calm in Nigeria.


Addressing Voter Education and Election Monitoring ahead of 2015

Addressing Voter Education and Election Monitoring ahead of 2015

Elections 2015 are around the corner. Over 60% of our youth are without meaningful jobs while others are in the streets. They form the vulnerable group who can easily be co-opted into being instruments for the politicians in the upcoming election. Experiences of the past have opened many eyes to this challenge.

It is on this note that CIDJAP took the bold step to reach out to youth and sensitize them on best practices during this period of political campaign and electioneering. The youth are being sensitized on the strength of their vote and how much it count, that it is similar to selling ones birth right over a plate of pottage. The youth were encouraged to shun all manner of seduction and compromises that will endanger their voting rights and install unqualified persons into relevant offices.

However, CIDJAP participated in the elections monitoring conference organized in Abuja on the 27th of February 2014. It was tagged 2015 Forum for Election Observers. This forum was a call on all election observers and monitors to rise up to the challenges that are forthcoming in 2015.

CIDJAP was recognized as a credible NGO in Enugu State which promote good governance and accountability and also ensures respect of voting rights through human rights campaign and voter education.