Proprietor Base Flags off Empowerment Scheme
In a bid to turn ordinary men into wealth creators, the Proprietor-base of Covenant University has flagged off an empowerment scheme to enable unemployed members of the Living Faith Church, Canaanland, Ota, create wealth and earn a credible living.
The event, which took place at Covenant Micro-Finance Bank (CMFB) premises, Canaanland, Ota, on Sunday, May 26, 2013, saw the Vice-President (Education), Living Faith Church Worldwide, Pastor (Mrs.) Faith Oyedepo, commission the pilot scheme.
The Managing Director of Covenant Micro-Finance Bank, Pastor Tiko Okoye, described the scheme as a catalytic philanthropic gesture, aimed at teaching people how to fish and giving them the tools with which to fish. According to Pastor Okoye, what the Management of the bank, in conjunction with the Church is concerned with is empowering the youths, which ordinarily ought to be the primary objective of any government. He decried the situation in Nigeria that has seen government neglecting her citizens and this has prompted the intervention of the non-governmental sector, especially the church, to cater for the citizenry.
“This is exactly what Living Faith Church in collaboration with CMFB is doing, by empowering our youths so that they become productive and contribute to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product, with a stabilized family and making them have self-esteem, than just begging for something, but becoming part of a productive work force,” he added.
The Executive Secretary, Living Faith Church Worldwide, Pastor Yemi Nathaniel, said the empowerment programme is directed specifically, to cater for members of the church. According to him, “We have empowerment programmes that reach out to non-church members, but this one is for Winners family members and the platform for accessing this scheme is the Winners Satellite Fellowship of the Church.”
“The payment is not the most important thing that is being emphasized here. What the church is concerned about is that members are not borrowing money to do these businesses and to such an extent they are not indebted in a manner that we know it,” he explained.
Speaking at the event, Pastor Faith Oyedepo said the empowerment programme was part of the fulfillment of the Liberation Mandate, in the sense that lives would be transformed and as such, it marks yet another remarkable day for the receiver of the Liberation Mandate, Dr. David Oyedepo.
The Vice-President Education, LFCWW, opined that this was just the beginning of a new vista in the empowerment of God’s people and will not be the last. According to her, “This is just the beginning, it will continue to multiply. This is the beginning and the best is yet to come, and the scheme shall remain a channel of really empowering people,” she stated.
While presenting the particulars of tricycles to the first set of beneficiaries of the scheme, Pastor Faith Oyedepo advised them to see themselves as key and strategic to the continuity of the empowerment programme. “What you, as the first sets, make of this scheme will go a long way in determining what happens to subsequent sets. So please help us lay a very good foundation,” she admonished.
She cautioned the beneficiaries of the scheme to be diligent and exhibit godly conduct in the way they go about their business. “I want to believe that the first thing that should go on your automobile is your ‘I Am A Winner’ sticker. Behave as a Winner, act as a Winner, speak as a Winner and make Jesus your number one in everything you do. Be good citizens, because very shortly as we have been told it shall be said that the world has become the Winners world,” she concluded.
The event attracted senior pastors of the Church, Board, Management and staff of CMFB, families and friends of the beneficiaries, members of the Living Faith Church and the media.