Lagos Branch of Lifeline International Rescue Chaplain (LIRC), recently commissioned her 11th batch members who successfully went through the training programme towards promoting democracy and human rights defence.
The event which was held at the Prison Training College, Kirikiri Town Lagos attracted dignitaries from all walks of life including the Lagos State security agencies and witnessed the passing out parade of the new officers/award of excellence and launching of evangelical/charity fund.
Chap. Gen. LIRC Lagos branch, Dr. Val Okoye in his welcome address said the organisation is a Christian Para-military likeness and humanitarian services organisation that consist of ministers of the gospel, church leaders/workers, serving and retired military personnel, government, businessmen and other public spirit persons, with the mandate to raise the end-time army of God who will fight to ensure a positive change in the nation, community and individual life.
He equally called on well meaning Nigerians to support the efforts of the organisation in meeting the needs of the less privileged across the country, adding that LIRC’s mission was to combat all forms of crime and to decongest Nigeria prisons remand homes, hospitals and refugee camps.
‘Our vision is to build the broken walls of our great nation Nigeria to an enviable standard, integrity and peaceful co-existence.
‘Our aims and objectives include training chaplain along somewhat paramilitary likeness. Firstly, to help in time of war, civil disturbance. National emergencies and disasters, checkmate crime and conflict resolution. Secondly, to train chaplains who are in paramilitary barracks, also in institutions, hospitals, prisons, courts, jails, juvenile facilities, fire departments, nursing homes, hospice centres, truck rescue mission, airports, law enforcement agency centres, orphanage homes and refugee camps.
‘To provide ending daily inter-faith co-operation, to end religiously motivated violence, and to create culture of peace, justice and healing for the nations and all living beings, to provide ministerial support and military honours and assistance to active military members, veterans and their families, police and fire department, civilian community and all possible assistance in response to disaster of conflicts of any type,’ he said.
Speaking further, he maintained that three families that were living under the bridge years back are today living in their rooms, through the support of philanthropist, adding that some abandoned patients in the hospitals by their people because of money have since been settled, while some prison inmates have been released.
‘It may interest you to hear that a condemned woman who has been here for sixteen years awaiting her death has been freed,’ he added.
Okoye however, maintained that the organisation currently have about 94 inmates with minor offences to be assisted in line with its mission and vision to decongest the Nigeria prisons.
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