The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is to hold its 15th annual All-Africa Service
Project (AASP) on Saturday, 21 August 2021, between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. across Nigeria.
Disclosing the upcoming project at a press briefing on the 13th of August at Opebi, Ikeja, Lagos state, according to the organisers, “The event is in partnership with States, Local Governments and Community Development/Market Associations, Non-Governmental Organizations and Faith-Based Organizations”
“Church members and partners will be engaged for three hours in cleaning, painting, renovating, and removing garbage from public institutions, roads, drainages and marketplaces, cutting grasses, planting flowers and trees, filling potholes and mending of roads, amongst other things” Elder Solomon Aliche (Area seventy)
The director (Mr Ikpe George Nkanang) also averred the church “In partnership with the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), PROJECT FIX NIGERIA, and other partners, service projects in Lagos will include general sanitation work al the FRSC/LASTMA compound at Ikorodu, clearing of gutters and refuse at oyinlola Street, Akowonjo, painting and general environmental sanitation at a Health Centre on Negombo Road, Ajah, amongst others“
“In Makurdi, members and partners will
provide community service at the state headquarters of the Nigeria Police. The Enugu project will include patching of classroom walls and floors, fixing of broken chairs and tables, cutting of grass and installation of a pumping machine to supply water to overhead tanks at the New Haven Primary School in New Haven, Enugu. Members of the Church will plant 40 trees in Umuahia at the Umuahia Event Centre, while in Benin City there will be clearing of grasses and painting at the premises of the New Benin Primary Health Centre, filling of ditches on Egor Road, Egor Quarters”
“Projects in the FCT, Abuja will include fixing of bad portions of Arab Road in Kubwa,
cleaning of the Bwari General Market, Bwari, cleaning of walkway and clearing of drainage at Accra Street, Zone 5 Wuse” Mr Ikpe George Added
Furthermore, In partnership with Ogun Waste Management Authority (OGWAMA), service projects in Abeokuta will include cleaning the Adire market at Itoku, clearing the drainage along Kuto Road to Kuto Roundabout, amongst others.
Members of the church in Bayelsa will be cleaning and painting a community bridge
n Azikoro, while they will collaborate with the Market Women Association in cleaning
the surroundings at the Ogbia Town Market.
The above-mentioned are a few of the many service projects that will be undertaken by the Church and its partners across Nigeria.
Over 90,000 men, women, children, and youth of the Church, alongside about 5,000 non-members, will be offering about 285,000 man-hours of free service to communities all over Nigeria during the service project. This service is replicated in all countries in Africa where the Church has local congregations.
Since its inception, the All-Africa Service Project has reached over 2000 communities
through various community and other humanitarian projects.
In a further engagement chat with the press, representatives of the body of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints affirmed intentions to sensitise each project execution area for proper follow-up, also engaging available manpower present in the communities.
Asserting that the project which would run simultaneously across Nigeria and regions in Africa where the church is planted, deem August 21st for implementation due to proxy date where all hands to propagate the project would be available.
“It is a ‘budget free’ church project, so seeking sponsorship is out of the picture, only foreseeable partnerships across the board to help correlate and successfully carry out the project is all the body envisaged and we’re happy to work together with them ensuring this nationwide project comes to light come August 21st 2021” Mr Olusegun Kowotan (Project Fix Nigeria)
The organisers later stated that the project is to join hands with the government in ensuring to keep the environment clean as a means of performing its social and civic responsibility.
Also representing the church of Jesus Christ of latter-day saints at the briefing were Mr Charles Igolo (Assistant Area director of communications Africa west), Mr Emmanuel Udo (Mission President On Evangelism) and Mr Oyewole Oyedeji (Ecclesiastical Leader in Ikeja)