By Ononye VC
There was jubilation inside the Onitsha Medium Correctional Centre,when the Metropolitan Archbishop of Onitsha,Most Rev Valerian Okeke announced that the multi-million Naira Skill Acquisition facility erected by the Catholic Archdiocese of Onitsha inside the Centre would be commissioned in no distant time,this year(2022).
The Archbishop disclosed this when he paid his annual Christmas visit to the Correctional Centre on Christmas day,25th December 2021.
While addressing the officials,inmates and other faithful who gathered inside the worship centre, Archbishop Valerian Okeke revealed that the Archdiocese will commence a customized fencing of the skill acquisition centre to suit the requirement of the prison authorities.
While delivering a sermon earlier,the Archbishop said the birth of Jesus Christ was a transformation of an infant king who Christians have to accept with gratitude.
According to the Archbishop,everyone including the shepherds were glad because of the coming of Jesus the Messenger who was coming with good news.
He pointed out that Jesus was coming to ensure that Zion(the people)was rehabilitated.
“We are the City of Zion.God is telling the people that nothing is impossible with him.All we have to do is to receive him with gratitude and our situation will change.My prayers for you is for God to take you as his children and you take him as your father”,the Archbishop said.
In his remarks,chaplain of the Correctional Centre,Rev Fr Bartholomew Okpalaugo expressed gratitude to the Archbishop for his assistance and regular visits to the centre.
Fr Okpalaugo disclosed that the Correctional Centre has been upgraded to a Junior WAEC Centre and expressed hope that in no distant time,the Centre would be upgraded further to Senior WAEC Centre.
The Deputy Controller of the Centre,DCP Val Nwosu expressed appreciation to the Archbishop for his regular visits to the Centre which he said,attracted many goodies for the inmates and staff.
The member representing Onitsha North Constituency,Hon Edward Ibuzo commended the Archbishop for his compassion and visits.He donated a live cow in support of the Archbishop.
Among the numerous donors in support of the Archbishop’s visit to the Correctional Centre is Sir Azubike Okafor,the Managing Director of Zubee International,makers of Zubix biscuits.
List of items brought for Christmas celebration of the inmates by the Archbishop include,10 bags of cooked delicious rice,cartons of biscuits,toilet and laundry soap and bags of toilet tissues.
The Archbishop slaughtered a cow with one live cow on standby.
He also provided 30 heads of cake and cartons of toothpaste.
It was like a home coming for the former Chaplain of the Centre Rev Fr Nwankwo who visited from abroad.
Fr Nwankwo nearly danced himself lame when the inmates hailed and celebrated him with cultural dance.
By Ononye VC