By: Joy Odor/Kaduna
The members of the Catholic Media Practitioners Association of Nigeria (CAMPAN) Kaduna State Branch has rounded off the year 2018 in grand style with the honoring of the immediate past Director of Social Communications, Reverend Father Anthony Okelue.
The one-stop-event was held at the House of the Parish Priest of the immediate past Director of Social Communications, Rev Fr Anthony Okelue, St Charles Luwanga Catholic Church, Ungwa Sunday, Sabon Tasha, Kaduna Northwest Nigeria, on Sunday December 16 2018.
All the activities were preceded with the celebration of Holy Mass. The Parish priest prior to his homily asked the congregation who jam-packed the beautiful Church to rise and sing praises to the Lord while the choir did what they know best.
He said, “Sing for joy. Sing praises to the Lord. Rejoice in the Lord always as we are told in the second reading. St Paul in his letter to the Philippians said, have no anxiety about anything.’
Reverend Father Okelue reminded worshipers about the essence of the Third Sunday of Advent, ‘This is Rejoice Sunday, therefore everyone should be in a joyful mood in preparation for the coming of our Savior at Christmas’.
You would like to know that at the end of the Holy Mass members regrouped at the Parish house for the next part of the program of the day for speech making and honoring which included the send forth of Ms Maria Ihuoma, Chairperson of the Association, who is on transfer to Lagos office of Federal Radio corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), lastly the end of the year 2018 bash.
The outgoing chairperson of CAMPAN, Ms Maria Ihuoma said she couldn’t find words to describe the period the former director of Social Communications was in charge.
She said, “Father, we will surely miss you. It is great joy that our members gathered and I thank all of them for their contribution towards the organization of this event today (Sunday, December 16, 2018) just to show you, that you mean a lot to us.
“We had a nice working time with you. No doubt we all enjoyed working with you as our members can testify. We had no reason to complain because we are practicing Catholics and are contributing our quota in the church.
“You can notice this from our slogan, ‘Living the Faith in the Media’, because we have to showcase our faith in our profession. We are happy to see that you are in a very good arena and a beautiful Church.
“Let me thank all our members for their commitment especially very constant ones like Joy Odor, Amina Anebi Samuel, Fredrick Peters, Maurice Eluchie, Baba Nath Jibrin, the Vice Chairman Cyril Oparaocha. Special thanks to our Elder John Fwah who is always there to help and advice us.
“He has always urged me on if and when he notices that I was sliding. Please continue the fatherly work.
“Let me seize this opportunity to formerly inform this great gathering of CAMPAN at the end of the year bash, that I am going on transfer to Lagos as Head of programs and I need your prayers.
“I will be in Lagos in body but I am with you in spirit. Thank you all. I urge you all to give the acting Chairman Cyril Oparaocha and our new Director of Social Communications, Rev Fr Stephen Onyema maximum cooperation.
“Above all, my gratitude to our Shepherd, His Grace the Archbishop of Kaduna Dr Matthew Man’Oso Ndagoso for his wisdom in establishing the association and watch it grow. He is our back bone and assures His Grace we will always be there” She cried.
With tears, she presented Rev Fr Anthony Okelue, immediate past Director of Social Communications with a gift amidst applause by members.
Meanwhile, in his speech, Rev Fr Anthony Okelue expressed appreciation for the initiative of the members of the Association to honor him.
“I am overwhelmed by your gesture. This is fantastic.” Looking back at the years l was the director, there was always room for improvement and prayed for the unity of CAMPAN” he said.
He therefore advised the members to give his successor, the new Director of Social Communications, Fr Stephen Onyema, maximum cooperation, saying there is renewed vigour in the Association and urged the members not to relent.