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Archbishop Val Okeke Foundation Sponsors 100 Youths For Excursion To Ghana. ‘Be Good Ambassadors Of Nigeria’ – Okeke, Isizoh.
Author: By Ononye V.C/Ebuka Onuabuchi
Published on: Sunday, August 09, 2015

The Metropolitan Archbishop of Onitsha, Most Rev. Valerian Okeke and the Auxiliary Bishop of Onitsha, Most Rev. Denis Chidi Isizoh has charged excursion bound Youths to Ghana to be good ambassadors of Nigeria.

            The Bishops bade farewell to the Youths who were mainly students numbering 100 sponsored for a vacation excursion to Ghana by the Archbishop Valerian Okeke Foundation (AVOF).

            The Youths who were drawn from various church denominations assembled at the C.W.O Bethany House, Onitsha on the eve of their departure for a brief orientation supervised by the Director General of the Catholic Women Organisation (C.W.O) Lady Beatrice Madueke and the Secretary General Lady Rose Okpala.

            This was followed by an early morning mass on the following day of departure which was concelebrated by the Archbishop of Onitsha, Most Rev. Valerian Okeke, and the Auxiliary Bishop of Onitsha Most Rev. Denis Isizoh.

            Other Priests who joined in the mass include the Secretary to the Archbishop, Rev. Fr. Evaristus Okaa-Onwuogu and the chaplain of the Catholic Youths Organisation, Onitsha Archdiocese Rev. Fr. Ezenwaka Vincent.

            In his Homily, the Auxiliary Bishop, Most Rev. Denis Isizoh said to the Youths that they were very fortunate to be selected to travel to a different country for the excursion.

            According to Bishop Isizoh, the greatest excursion he had embarked upon with his mates as a student was to travel to the bank of the River Niger where they were delighted to see only fishermen paddling their boats.

            ‘When you get to Ghana, you will see different types of people who may not have come to your country before as well as other things which may impress you’.

            He admonished the students to ensure their eyes were open so they could see very well and learn how the people they will meet on their way behave.

            He further charged them to ‘always have team spirit, don’t quarrel and don’t get angry with another person’.

            The Prelate said among other things, ‘be good ambassadors of your country. When you reach, tell them Nigeria is good’.

            Isizoh reminded the Youths of the old days of slavery within Ghana and Nigeria and urged them to pray for the slaves especially those who were meted inhuman treatment. ‘With what you will see so far, when you come back, you should ensure that nobody is enslaved in Nigeria.

            In his remarks, the Archbishop of Onitsha, Most Rev. Valerian Okeke expressed the desire of his foundation make them great.

            According to him, ‘it is my wish that the Youths are happy and achieve their dreams.’

            The Archbishop informed the Youths that their journey enjoyed the support of all and sundry particularly the state Government who gave financial and moral support.

            In his contribution, the state commissioner for Sports and Youth Development, Sir Tony Nnacheta reiterated the state government’s effort towards giving qualitative education to the youths.

            He enjoined the Youths to go about their actions with integrity and expressed gratitude to the Archbishop for organizing the excursion.

            Meanwhile Trinitas Staff embedded on the trip, Ebuka Onuabuchi wired reports from to Ghana to Trinitas News Room on how interesting and fulfilling the trip has been.

            According to him, the 5 day trip led by the Archbishops secretary Rev. Fr. Evaristus Okaa-Onwuogu had a Rev. Sister, Chiara Ozugbo and two Nurses on board.

            The trip it was reported, took the youths to various places of sightseeing namely, Domus Fidei Ikeja, Lagos, Slave Castle, Kakum National Park Ghana, Cape Coast and the Breeze Beach among others all in Ghana.

            While returning from their trip, the youths enjoyed the rare privileged of flying Arik Airline from Lagos to Enugu.

            On landing in Enugu, the youths visited the Bigard Memorial Seminary where a holy Mass was celebrated by Rev. Fr. Evaristus Onwuogu after which they visited Shoprite shopping Mall also in Enugu.

            On arrival at the Bishop’s Court, Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity, Onitsha, Miss Stella Maris Nwankwo who spoke on behalf of the youths commended Archbishop Valerian Okeke for his generosity and fatherly love to the youths and the rare privilege given to them to embark on the trip.

            The excursionists later presented gifts to the Archbishop to appreciate him.

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