The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), FCT, Province 4 has completely rehabilitated a four kilometer community road in Apo Dutse, Gudu district of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Apo Dutse is a low- lying community inhabited by Gbagyi indigenes and sandwiched between major estates like Trade More and Covenant garden but has suffered untold neglect over time.
Pastor in Charge of RCCG, FCT 4, Dr. Dele Babade, said the road project was part of the church's Social Responsibility; a way of touching the lives of the community in which a parish of the church is located.
"We are opening this road to link the community to more developed districts. This would mean more economic empowerment for the rural dwellers. They can now transport their goods from here to any part of the city with less stress."
Dr Babade said the road project lasted one month because the major activity was to grade the road, provide drainages and evacuate a mole of refuse dump located beside a section of the road.
The road which is the major link between the community and other districts of FCT was in a very deplorable condition until the church intervened.
Community leader of Apo Dutse, Chief Ishaku Sagbeda said they have written several letters to the local government authorities for prompt attention to the road but did not get any response at all.
Sagbeda who spoke through an interpreter appreciated the church for the gesture and prayed to God to give them wisdom.
"The road was in a very bad condition to the extent that vehicles find it difficult to pass through it," adding that the situation was compounded by the heap of refuse by the road which makes thorough fare on the road.
Sagbeda promised to set up a task force to apprehend anyone that dumps refuse indiscriminately, saying, they will be punished.
"Nobody will dump refuse on the drainages again," Sagbeda assured.
Speaking further, Babade said the Church plans to also organise environmental sanitation campaign in Apo Dutse.
"We will teach them about sanitation. If the environment is good, disease will be far from them. They will be given lectures on sanitation in the languages they will understand. We will teach you how not to compound your problems by learning how to empty your dustbins. It will go a long way in helping us."
Youth leader of Apo Dutse community, Fanus Danjuma, said the intervention of the church made deep impressions on their hearts. "We can't forget this," he said while praying to other churches to emulate this good work.
Fanus requested the church to extend the gesture to providing other facilities to community especially building a maternity centre.
The church consented to the request and assured that with availability of resources, they will provide a borehole and a maternity centre in the community but hinted that a maternity centre is already provided in the headquarters of the church in Area 1, Church village, Durumi where they can access natal care at no cost.
The Provincial pastor also hinted that the open space created from clearing the refuse dump is available for the football team of the village for practice.
Coach of the team, Joseph Nwa-God said they have agreed to rename their club from Flying Emirates Football Club to Redeemed Emirates Football club being optimistic of patronage from the church.
Also speaking at the event, the Pastor of RCCG, Throne of Mercy, Apo Dutse, Pastor Francis Adeboye said the relationship between the community and the church is receiving a boost due to the road project. He said church attendance has also improved noticeably in recent times.