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…As Onitsha Catholic Priests raise N27m for victims of disaster

The Catholic Archdiocese of Onitsha has expressed in practical terms, it’s sympathy for victims of Ochanja Market Fire disaster by visiting the market, and praying for the victims and making to financial donations of N27 Million alleviate their plights.

The priests numbering over 30 were led to the venue by the Chancellor of the Archdiocese, Rev Fr Prudentius Emeka Aroh.

The Mass was conducted by the Papal Chamberlain, Rt Rev Monsignor Greg Adibe while the coordination and arrangement of the venue was done by the parish priest of St Jude Catholic Church, Rev Fr Justin Oguama.

In his remarks titled, “The Dry bones shall rise again”, the Chancellor , said, the priests came for a prophetic declaration to show that what had happened to the fire victims will change for good adding that as such, the Archdiocese will contribute to their welfare to wipe their tears and to make their burden light.

Delivering a homily, Fr Emmanuel Obimma of the Holy Ghost Adoration Ministry, Uke, gave words of consolation to the victims saying that those who put their trust in God will never be disappointed.

He admonished the victims to hold on to their faith and also hold on to the view that “you are nobody today does not mean you cannot be somebody tomorrow.”

Ochanja Market fire

He commended Archbishop Valerian Okeke for his efforts to ensure that the fire victims do not suffer.

During the Mass, it was announced that the Archbishop gave dispensation that offerings would not be collected but that the moment be used for praise singing. Also, the Archbishop directed the Oluchukwu Microfinance Bank to offer necessary assistance to fire victims who collected loans from the bank and also to other small scale business people affected by the fire.

Explaining how the money would be distributed, the Chancellor said comprehensive and authentic lists of the victims have been made and that distribution of money will commence on Monday.

According to him, no preferential treatment would be given to anybody.

Highlight of the outing was donation of 2 million Naira cash by a politician, Mr. Johnbosco Onunkwo to support the priests’ donation and blessing of the market.

It should be recalled that Ochanja Market recorded billions of Naira loss due to October 9 fire disaster arising from a tanker accident which set fire on the market where about 2,000 traders were affected.

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