Idris Ahmed, Lokoja.
The Enemona Josh Foundation, a humanitarian and philanthropic organisation operating across the globe has constructed and donated a new 600 sitting capacity church worth over N60m to Inele- Ugoh community in Olamaboro Local Government Area of kogi state.
The newly built Church was officially declared open and presented to the United Evangelical Church on Saturday by the President and Founder of the Foundation, Ambassador Gabriel Enomona Onoja, in an an elaborate ceremony attended by dignitaries across the country.
Speaking during the official commissioning of the Church, the 37 year-old Enemona Gabriel Onoja, said that his decision to build the church was borne out of his desire to contribute to the development of his Community and attract blessings to his people.
“Today, I feel extremely grateful to God for giving me the opportunity to immortalize myself while I am still alive through the completion of this N60 million Church project, which is so dear to my heart and my entire family.
“It’s unfortunate that one area that Nigeria is divided across, outside politics and ethnicity, is Religion, hence my keying into creating inter-religious desk within the Enemona foundation.
“My desire is that anyone, who steps into this church, will pray for the peace, unity, development and socio-economic progress of Kogi and Nigeria at large, ” the Foundation President prayed.
The young Philanthropist, said he knew what it means to feed the hungry, cloth the naked, visit the prisoners, provide for Orphans and Widows and the poorest of the poor amongst others, having “passed through well refined and sophisticated sufferings and first class hunger while growing up.”
He expressed appreciation to the Kogi State government especially Gov Yahaya Bello and his Deputy, Edward David-Onoja for their unalloyed support to him as a person and the Enemona-Josh Humanitarian Foundation.
The Deputy Governor , Edward Onoja who commissioned the Church, commended the Philanthropist for the initiative and magnanimity displayed at building a worship center for the community within just three months.
The Deputy governor charged the people to take advantage of the church to draw nearer to God and worship Him for His visitation and blessings upon the communities the state and the nation in general.
Also speaking, Apostle Yahousha Burrell, a US based Co-founder of Enemona Foundation, said, ” because you have done this, God will inturn handsomely reward you.”
Burrell called on other wealthy individuals in Kogi and Nigeria to join Enemona-Onoja in the mission to touch lives, especially the orphans, widows and the poorest of the poor in the society.
Rev Fr. Anthony Okoliko, in his sermon themed, ” Because you have done this” text from Gen. 22:16-18, said “God will surely reward you for not just building a house for Him in a community like this but millions of lives you have touched.
“Abraham gave to God as King Solomon built a house for God and were blessed beyond their imaginations. Therefore this your act of love, will definitely not go in vain but will witness God’s visitation and blessings beyond measures, ” Okoliko stated.
An 87 year old Mama Merlyn Borotha-Johnson, another Co-founder from United Kingdom (UK), described Enemona-Onoja as “a gift to his generation” that needed to be supported by all to continue with the Good works of humanitarian service.
The commissioning ceremony was attended by thousands of people from all walks of life across the country and foreign nation’s.