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Nov 27, 2017


The Catholic Caritas Foundation of Nigeria (CCFN) is committed to providing necessary formation and facilities to make Catholic youths effective agents of evangelization, good citizens and future leaders of the country. This assurance was given by the Deputy Executive Secretary of the Foundation, Rev. Fr. Uche Obodochiena, in his address at the opening ceremony of the one-week long training programme jointly organized by the Youth Committee of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) and the CCFN.

The programme took place at the Daughters of Devine Love Retreat and Conference Centre (DRACC), Lugbe, Abuja and was attended by about 200 chaplains and youth leaders from Archdioceses and dioceses in the country. The theme of the workshop/conference was: Youth Ministry: Mission/Purpose and featured other themes like; Fund Raising Development, Leave-No- Trace and Camping as well Volunteer: Humanitarian Emergency Response.

 Welcoming the participants to the programme, on behalf Rev. Fr. Evaristus Bassey, the Executive Secretary of CCFN; Fr. Obodochiena stressed the need for the youths of the Church to embrace creativity and resourcefulness to enable them to be self-employed and face challenges in times of difficulties. According to him, the CCFN is saddened by the spate of corruption in the country as well as unemployment of youths and continuous drift of Catholic youths to other denominations lured by juicy promises that cannot be fulfilled.

 Fr. Obodochiena noted that the dangers the above mention challenges portend for the future of the country and her youths, hence the determination and commitment of CCFN to provide leeway for the youths of the Church through proper formation; adding that the workshop conference is part of the plans of the Foundation in this perspective. While urging the participants to take advantage of the programme to enhance their knowledge, he urged them to embrace professional knowledge that can make them self-reliant, have gainful employment and be employers of labour in the process.

 While noting that JDPC, the social arm of the CBCN is to interface with other humanitarian organizations, Fr. Obodochiena expressed concern that some workers of the organization in some dioceses are performing below expectation. He therefore called on the participants to return to their various dioceses to become new source of strength as volunteers in their dioceses; after enhancing their capacity to become more useful for the Church and the society.

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