Pastor Anthony Obinna-Ibe

To bring relief to its members, the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Palace of Praise Youth Province 9 in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State has initiated a ‘Jesus Market’ where foodstuffs and other items are sold at a reduced price to members of the Church.

According to the   Pastor-in-Charge of the Province, Pastor Anthony Obinna-Ibe, during the opening of the market at the Church premises on Monday, said the launch was to ease the economic hardship the members were going through and the market will be operated 2 to 3 times in a year.

He noted “Things are quite challenging; people don’t have enough money to feed and clothe themselves. We decided to do what we call the Christian Social Responsibility to give back to the people.

“People out there in society who are well-to-do should please remember the poor, remember those who may not have enough to eat because there are several people who are hungry. This is the time to also remember them. Like this time, Easter, is all about sacrifice.”

Jesus Market

According to the Church, Members of the church bought goods and food stuffs at subsidised rates. A measure of garri was sold at a giveaway price of N400; five tubers of yam worth N9,000 were sold at N3,000; a carton of spaghetti was sold at N5,000; a litre of groundnut oil worth N2,500 was sold for N700; a measure of rice worth N2,500 was sold at N1,000.

Clothing items were also sold at a cheaper rate in the market. A skirt worth N3,000  was sold atN500; a suit was sold at N1,000; a Kampala fabric was sold at N1,000; a T-shirt worth 7,000 was sold at N1,000; a polo shirt was sold at N500 and shoes and gown worth N28,000 and N7,000, respectively, were sold at N1,000,

Speaking of the birth of ‘Jesus Market’, the PICP noted that Jesus Christ did the same while he was on earth.

Jesus Market

He said: “Just like in the Bible, Jesus Christ did not just feed the people with the word of God, he also gave them bread and fish. We decided that let’s help the people so that the hunger in the land will be minimised and we to assist where we can, particularly this period.

“Why we decided to add a little price is that people can have a sense of responsibility. A separate account is being opened where people can donate and pay a little money. It is something we will do continuously.

“I personally had to get some money, get some clothes that I have used and some that I have not even used. I gave it out so that people may have something to wear. It is something that we will be doing constantly. Maybe, two or three times a year.”

A prominent member of the Church, Fola Richie-Adewusi, said the action would help to lessen the effect of the present hardship.

She noted: “The response from the people showed that they appreciated that gesture. They see it as something supportive for them.”

Richie-Adewusi, also called on the Nigerian government not to relent in their efforts to rendering support to citizens.

“We have heard about the government giving palliatives through the state government or through the National Assembly for them to take it to the grassroots so that they can support people at this period.

“The government, I believe, is doing something and I can only say they can do more. Well-meaning individuals should reach out to people around them. We can be our brothers and sisters’ keeper,” she noted.

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