St. Paul’s Parish Umualum Nekede has installed a crucifix at the Afoama market Umualum (Old Nekede Road). The crucifix was built by the parishioners.
The commissioning ceremony which took place on Wednesday June 7, began with a Holy Mass celebrated in the market by the parish priest, Rev. Fr. Wence Isidienu cmf assisted by Rev. Fr. George Njoku, cmf.
In his homily, Fr. Isidienu harped on the importance of healthy competition and cooperation in business and called on traders to uphold such for their businesses to thrive.
According to him, no trader has got all stocks to meet the demands of the population and so other traders want to join the same line of business should be encouraged so as to complement one another. He noted that if not for the economic recession that has reduced the purchasing power of consumers the issue would not have been raising any dust at all.
“God will bless whoever he wants to bless regardless of the number of people who are doing the same business with you”, he preached.
Fr. Isidienu cautioned the traders against hatred, envy, cheating and bickering attributing some of the quarrels among traders to false prophecy and “revelation” made by these so-called men of God.
“Freely you have been given and freely you shall give”, the Claretian priest said, wondering why on earth these so-called men of God would go ahead to extort money from poor vulnerable traders in the name of seed-sowing and prayers for them.”
The homilist enjoined the traders to go about their business with love in their hearts as this is the only prerequisite for peace, development and God’s favour to rest upon the market.
Highlight of the occasion was the official unveiling, commissioning and blessing of the tall cross situated at the entrance of the market.
Present at the unveiling were the paramount ruler of Nekede, HRH Stephen Eze Agumanu, (Ede II of Nekede), Executive of the market union and traders.
In his speech while commissioning the project, HRH Stephen Eze Agumanu commended Fr. Wence for his efforts and interest in the spiritual welfare of the people of Nekede. He said it is not enough for the traders to have crosses hung in their stores but to live by the teachings of the cross for there to be progress in the land.
In another speech, an ex-officio of the market union executive, Mr. Felix Anyanso on behalf of the traders expressed their appreciation to Fr. Wence for the spiritual assistance he has given to the market. He also thanked the traditional ruler for his presence which has gone a long way to show his concern for the people’s welfare. He pleaded with the traders to take the prayer session which comes up once a month seriously, to be at peace and harmony with their fellow traders and abide by the rules and regulations of the market.