About 1,000 members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints were mobilised to the Police Training School in Odukpani, Cross River State, to clean up the school as part of its annual community service.
The members, armed with machetes, shovels, rakes and wheel barrows, were led by the Calabar, Nigeria, Stake President of the church, Victor Bassey, to cut the overgrown weeds in the sprawling college and clean up the entire school.
Speaking to journalists during the exercise, Bassey said, “It’s a regular church community service project and we do it annually as our own little community service contribution to the society. We observed that this place needed to be supported. You can see that the entire college is big. Even if you employ gardeners to do this work, I don’t think they will succeed in getting it done, especially now that the school is about reopening.
“So, we deemed it necessary to come and render our own support. And as you can see, there is much to be done. We are just trying to do the little we can to assist. It’s a good choice. The community feels it. The members are grateful.”
On the choice of the police college for the sanitation exercise, he said, “We just think about where to work. It’s all about where needs our attention. It could be a market place, on the bridge, around the street. It could be in public institutions like this. This is a big community.
“We also engage in other community services. If you go to Ikot Eneobong, the road that leads from the market down to where the church is was constructed by the church. As we speak, we are about commencing a project on the Ikot Eneobong ravine, which will gulp millions of naira.
“About three years ago, we had a community service at the teaching hospital, where the charity department of the church donated medical items to paediatricians in the hospital.
“What we are doing is not only in Calabar, it is an Africa West project done annually. If you go to Uyo and Port Harcourt, they are doing the same thing. The church is so spread in such a way that virtually all the stakes that are within the Africa West area are doing the same thing. It’s all about service.”