Our church was located at one of the most luxurious hotels in our side of town in Festac, and on one fateful afternoon, we got an offer we could not refuse and by the end of the day, we had made the decision to port to a new venue at Okota. That weekend was a weekend that felt like 3 months, anyone who knew our church till that Sunday, by close of business that day was obsolete. Moving church location may sound easy except when you think of the fact that we had built an identity around Golden Tulip in Festac, our website was awash with the address of the hotel, we had invested in advertorials and flyers, and all our flyers and advertorials bore the name clearly, when you said Faith International Christian Centre, you simply say Golden Tulip Hotel Mile 2 Estate. But by close of business that Sunday, I had to step up to my Lead Pastor role and make the tough decision. The buck had to stop at my desk, afterall it was my job to make those tough calls for the ministry, and my people, bless there holy and wise hearts, by the end of that day were solidly behind their pastor, moving there loads and affiliations to No 26B Dr. Frederick Faseun Street, Century Bust Stop area, Ago Palace Way, Okota, the beautifully developed premises of Dawn - Field Montesorri School, owned by my friend and sister. She was magnanimous enough to ask the church to move into that school premises, and who were we to refuse a great offer, an opportunity to be a bigger blessing and reach a lot more people. As if we had premonition that we would move to this area, we had distributed earlier editions of our magazine EMERALD on that particular street, so it was such a priviledge when she asked us to come use the school for services. Thank you my sister! By the way, Dawnfield is already open to enroll their first set of pupils from the month of August, withnschool resuming in September 2013. So in case you get a copy of the next edition of Emerald, and you have a child 3 months and above, just take the news magazine with you to Dawnfield Schools at No. 26b Dr. Fred. Faseun Street, Century Bus Stop area, Ago Palace Way and you are sure you are getting a discount courtesy me.
However I have one issue. How come we have a government that does not work at complementing all the beautiful efforts everyone is making. No road, no water, no light, no security, nothing. Since 2 weeks we moved church to Okota, I have been obligated to frequent that axis, and the suffering that is experienced on that road is immense. Ago Palace Way has such a cute name, but the badness of the road is in a class of its own. It is as if they bombed the road and abandoned it. Did I hear someone say, "You are just seeing it in an improved state and you are complaning, what would you have done earlier in year in the middle of the rainy season? It was so bad, they had to pour raw stones to fill the road. The government of, not sure if it is Isolo local government or lagos state, started working on the road, firstly they did a scattered shoddy job at the beginning of the road, and the job took forever, then they graciously abandoned the rest. The road, which may be less than 4kms, has been under construction for the past 4 years. Please tell me, what does it cost to repair a road of that distance and how long should it take, eternity? When you sit in that traffic and then get your car on that terrifyingly bad road, and hear the sound of your tyres grinding against those rocks as you are tossed up and down, the reality of our predicament will dawn on you. Where on earth do people live like this. It is a complete shame. We are suffering in this country, seriously, everyone, the rich, the poor and the middle class. Drive on that road and if you don't cuss at the government overseeing that road, then we will have to check your sanity. It will be completely clear to you that whoever was responsible for that road has lost it. Those set of persons do not have any business being in government, and on a broader perspective, we have a set of government that have lost it. Ok, I am pained, sincerely. The level of suffering people are going through on that road is unprecedented, the waste of man hours, the cost of the damage to cars. Talking about damage, one guy just left his car on the road when his tyre completely fell out on that rock. Shamefully painful. I thought the civil war ended in the 70s, at Ago Palace way, the civil war hasn't stopped.
My question is, is it that no one cares? Everybody there can go and die if they care to. That area is under a local government, is there no chairman in that local government? Oh, he probably has moved to Abuja or to Lekki and VI area. It is easy to blame the State government, but the Local Government has a sign board shamelessly displayed along the road. The suffering in that area is massive. I spent 1 hr plus on that road this evening, just trying to cross to Apple Junction, that is why I am ranting like this. Shame on whoever is supposed to be managing that place, or rather, no shame, please, we are begging you, we are using God to beg you, repair that road.
We already provide our own light, everyone provides their own light. They have been saying they want to provide just 5000mega watt, and it has been impossible, but the truth is everyone of us already provide well over 40,000megawatts if you put all the energy produced by each of us together. Check on your street, is there any house without electricity? Non, from "I beta pass my neighbour" to those deisel generation that is cooled with a drum of water and pipe (Have you seen those anywhere?) to the big boy 100kva generating sets, everybody, every business, provides their own electricity. We provide our own water. This is the the only country in Africa with so much abundant water where there is no running water - there has not been running water for over 20 years anywhere in Nigeria. The last time I saw running water was in Ibadan and that was way back in the early 90s. I recall going to London with my family and planning on buying water when it dawned on me that the tap is portable drinking water from their water department, and not bore hole.
In Nigeria, everyone is his own local government, you get your own water by sinking your own bore hole. infact talking about bore holes, have you seen how those clown politicians sink one borehole in a neighbourhood and then take pictures and put it among their achievements. We have to also create our own jobs, each time I see americans saying Obama should provide jobs, I laugh, here you provide your own job and get taxed multiple times and extorted also for doing that. We provide our won security, thanks to OPC and Abokis who keep all our gates and street. The only one thing we ask the government is please repair the roads, our roads around the country, help us at least to do that one thing.
Like I wrote in my earlier blog "Rant If You Like", my ranting may create change or it may create laughter. I hope this creates both, I hope we laugh, but I also hope that whoever is responsible also creates the change that is required.
In conclusion, Okota people, we are in it together now. Faith International Christian Centre has come to Okota, we are not a silent church, we are a transformation church, we create change, we were meant to create change, to transform society, to heal nations, and that is exactly what we will do in Okota. You are welcome to join us. Most importantly, we beg whoever is responsible for the Ago Palace Way road, please, please, repair the road!