Living Faith Church Worldwide, also known as Winners Chapel International has taken up the challenge of rehabilitating stretches of collapsed roads around its Ota host communities.
With headquarters at Canaanland, Ota, Ogun State, the ministry attracts hundreds of thousands of worshipers weekly to one of the biggest local government areas in the country and one of West Africa’s largest industrial hubs.
With an increase in failed portions of the roads leading to its 50,000 seat capacity Faith Tabernacle, worshipers and those with business and academic interests around the ministry have borne the brunt of coping with the attending rigorous traffic situation.
Meanwhile, in its usual efforts, the ministry has again deemed it fit to contribute its quota to the development of the area by rehabilitating failed portions of the roads.
The latest intervention of the ministry in terms of road rehabilitation include the 23kilometre Atan-Lusada-Agbara highway and significant portions of the Sango-Idiroko highway, which have traumatised travellers and users of the highways.
In a release from the Church, signed by Pastor Yemi Nathaniel, the Mandate Secretary, Living Faith Church Worldwide and Dr. Sheriff Folarin, Chairman Media and Editorial Board, the Presiding Bishop of the Church and Chancellor of the Covenant University, Ota, Bishop David Oyedepo, criticised the state of the roads and promised continual support on rehabilitation.
According to the release, “Bishop Oyedepo decried the high rate of failing roads around and noted that the Church would continue to assist the government in providing succour and solutions in the face of mounting social challenges, while also charging organisations and groups in the position to consider the people’s plight and in the spirit of corporate social responsibility, render meaningful assistance to government in fixing roads and other collapsed public amenities.”
Meanwhile, the ministry’s efforts have yielded fruitful results after rehabilitating the 23 kilometre Atan-Lusada-Agbara highway within a week of rehabilitation. The highway had for many years caused untold hardship and cost users loss of productive hours and several damages.
According to the ministry, the second phase of the route, which include Unilever-Opic Estate round, linking Mile 2 area of Lagos State is already under rehabilitation.
Also under rehabilitation are the bad portions at Pako/Mosalasi, GTBank area along the Lagos-Abeokuta highway, toll gate area, Canaanland-The Bells end of the ever busy Idiroko road, Iyana Iyesi, Nycil junction, Honda, Ogun State Housing Esate, Oju Ore and other bad portions within the area are already listed for rehabilitation.
Other areas the Church would is also rehabilitating include the stretch from Anglican Bus Stop to Idi Pako area linking AIT. Also, inclusive are the abandoned portion of the toll -gate, Coca Cola-Ilobu road, the collapsed Joju-Alisiba road, off Lagos-Abeokuta highway and the Sifor Estate road. The Church also promised that the portion from Sango round about to Joju roundabout which had not been motor able for about 12 months would be paved with interlocks to absorb shocks cause by heavy-duty vehicles.
The ministry in 1999 moved to Ota after the foundation of its 50,000 seat capacity Faith Tabernacle auditorium, which was delivered within a year. The movement however brought about massive development to the area, creating opportunities for enormous development.
Meanwhile, the establishment of the Covenant University, however further created more opportunities, bringing more traffic to the area since its inception in October 2002.
Story by: Dayo Emmanuel