The Diocesan Bishop, Diocese of Ilaje, Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion, Rt. Rev. Idowu Olugbemi has extolled the leadership qualities of the immediate past Chairman of Ondo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (OSOPADEC), Mr.. Olugbenga Omogbemi Edema.
Delivering his sermon during a two-in-one programme; installation and investiture of church chiefs and the Thanksgiving service to celebrate the successful completion of Edema’ s tenure as OSOPADEC Chairman, the clergy said Edema’s thanksgiving today is “a door opener to higher service.”
Bishop Olugbemi while quoting from the Book of Psalm, Chapter 107, verse 8, admonished Christians to always show gratitude to God in all things.
In an apparent reference to the socio- economic challenges bedevilling the country, the Diocesan noted that lack of fear of God is the cause of all the problems in the land.
He called on Christians to practice Christianity beyond name-calling and title.
While congratulating Mr. Edema and all the other installed Church Chiefs, the cleric noted that they were appointed because they are men of integrity.
“I want to appreciate the new Asiwaju Ijo, ST. David’s Anglican Church, Ogogoro, Hon. Gbenga Omogbemi Edema. You have made yourself available and God has been using you for the growth of his church. I have no doubt in my mind that this is a step to a new door opening for you,” Bishop Olugbemi said.
The highlight of the church service which held on Saturday, May 1st, 2021 at the home church of Mr. Edema was the taking of oaths by the Church chiefs ‘elect’, their questioning , the declaration and installation proper.
The new Church chiefs, thirty-two in all, were unveiled by the Diocesan who pronounced them and prayed for their success in their new calling.
Among the newly installed Church Chiefs are Mr. Gbenga Edema, Asiwaju Ijo, Chief Newton Uro- Omo, BabaIjo, Chief Benjamin Ogungbure, Balogun Ijo, Chief Prince Sola Edema and Chief Hosea Iyanoye, Majekobaje Ijo.
The rest are Chief John Uro- Omo, Baba Ewe Ijo,Chief Francis Ogungbure, Alakoso Ijo, Chief Oluyide Ogungbure, Moyegun Ijo, Chief Mrs. Elidiah Ogungbure, Iya Ijo, Chief Mrs. Bola Edema, Asiwaju Obinrin, Mrs. Serah Masemibare and a host of others.
Edema, who has just completed his successful tour of duty as OSOPADEC boss also marked a special thanksgiving in the course of the service and family members, political associates and the congregation joined him in a thanksgiving dance.
While speaking with the press at the event, the celebrant said he was grateful that as eventful as his four-year tenure as OSOPADEC Chairman was, he acquitted himself creditably well in office, noting that his tenure recorded a lot of infrastructural development in OSOPADEC mandate areas.