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The Catholic Men Organisation (CMO), Isolo Danery has initiated effort towards the empowerment of its members and youths through the establishment of a modern skill acquisition Centre.

This is as the organisation on Saturday, 22nd June, 2019 celebrated its annual All-Men Assembly and the launching ofN50m skill acquisition centre.

Speaking at the occasion, the Coordinator, Chief Chukwudi Boniface Okparake noted that apart from the development of the CMO Isolo deanery skills acquisition centre, his organisation will also support on-going construction of Lagos Archdiocesan Catholic Men Organisation (LACMON) ultra-modern skill acquisition centre, Idimu.

“Today we have gathered to celebrate men and women with faith, and also to compliment the good effort of the Lagos archdiocesan CMO as regards the on- going skill acquisition centre in Idimu. It might interest you to know that a lot of our youths have been practically neglected by the church. Jesus Christ once told Peter not to abandon his flock but feed them. The church today is only interested in building structures as a place of worship in place of building human beings. The early church invested in human beings. Therefore distinguish ladies and gentlemen, my dear brothers and sisters in Christ, we must rise up to the challenge of this present day, and start building human beings instead of building beautiful churches.

“Of what use is the beautiful edifice in our parishes when the worshippers have no jobs and skills. There is this saying in my tribe that a hungry man does not shout alleluia.

“For this reason, we decided that there is a need to give our youths and fathers hope by giving them skills in the area of, information technology and auto medics. We also intend to start small medium industry in the deanery because we believe that if well managed we will be able to employ a lot of members in no distance time,” the Isolo CMO Coordinator noted.

The occasion attracted many dignitaries from across the Lagos Archdiocese including the Dean of Isolo Deanery, Very Rev. Fr. Mathew Oguyase; Chaplain of the CMO Isolo deanery, Rev Fr. Peter Anumba OSJ; the Guest Speaker Rev Fr. Benedict Okolo CM; and members of Isolo Deanery Presbyterium and religious.

Others are, the immediate past national president of CMO, Chief Emeka Asoegwu; President of Lagos Archdiocesan Catholic Men Organization, High Chief John Aigbokhaode; 1st Vice President LACMON, Chief Vincent Umeh; Co-ordinator, Catholic Women Organisation (CWO), Mrs. Nneka Okenwa; Chairman of the occasion and member Lagos State House of Assembly, (LASHA), Hon. Dr.Jude Emeka Idimogu KSM; the Chief launcher, Chief Emma Nwokenkwo; and many others.

Isolo Deanery was created on 3 rd January 2014 by the Archbishop of the Metropolitan See of lagos, His Grace Dr. Alfred Adewale Martin.

Twelve (12) parishes constituting the new Isolo Deanery were carved from Badagry, Apapa and Mainland deaneries, two more parishes (St. Maria Goretti, Abanraje and St. Joseph’s Victory Estate,  Iba were later added thus bringing the number of parishes to fourteen (14). Today, Isolo Deanery has 18 parishes.

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