• Presents St. John Mary Vianney Priests’ Home (SJMVPH) project
His Grace, Most Rev. (Dr.) Alfred Adewale Martins, Archbishop of the Metropolitan see of Lagos, recently paid a courtesy visit to His Excellency, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Governor of Lagos state at the State House, Marina, Lagos. Accompanying him were Very Rev. Fr. Anthony Fadairo, Chairman of the St. John Mary Vianney Priests’ Home (SJMVPH) Project Committee; Rev. Fr. Paul Ariole, Secretary to the Archbishop; and Erelu Abiola Dosunmu, Erelu Kuti of Lagos.
In his discussion with the Governor, Archbishop Martins informed him of St. John Mary Vianney old priest’s home, a project of the Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos developed specifically to enhance the lives of diocesan priests in their retirement and solicited his support for the realisation of the noble project to be situated at Maryland, a suburb of Lagos State. Most Rev. (Dr.) Martins also formally invited the Governor to the official commissioning and fund-raising event/dinner party of the project scheduled to hold the next Thursday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Victoria Island, Lagos, by 5pm prompt.
The home project was designed to eliminate any and all forms of abandonment or rejection of priests at their retirement, taking into account the many years of selfless and fruitful services dedicated to God and His people. In his response, the Governor, expressed delight at the undertaking of the Archdiocese of Lagos noting with gratitude, the immense work of service done and carried out by Catholic Priests and the need for them to be catered to, especially in their old age.
He commended the efforts of the Archbishop and all those who collaborate with him, while giving assurance of his presence at the ceremony and of his unreserved support. Also present at the courtesy visit were Hon. Prince Anofiu Olarenwaju Elegushi, Honourable Commissioner for Home Affairs and Culture; Rev. Adebukola Adeleke, Special Adviser to the Governor on Christian Matters; Erelu Abiola Dosumu, Erelu Kuti of Lagos and Rev. Fr. Paul Ariole, Secretary to the Archbishop.
The Archbishop thanked the Governor for his pledge of commitment to the matter of charity, encouraging him not to rest on his oars, especially in his display of leadership and good governance.