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This Present House Releases Statement over Right of Way to Its Premises

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This Present House has released an official statement following reports that its building has been marked to be sealed by the Lagos State government for being on the Right of Way.

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In the last couple of days, This Present House has been in the news, not in relation to what it is renowned for but rather over the right of way to its premises along Freedom Way, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos.

The Church led by medical doctor and social entrepreneur Dr.Tony Rapu is well known for its acclaimed programs in social rehabilitation through Freedom Foundation and The God Bless Nigeria initiatives amongst others.

It is a humanitarian enterprise that has successfully taken many young men and women off the streets, off drugs and crime and turned them into responsible citizens of Lagos State.

This Present House and the Lagos State Government have enjoyed a robust and mutually beneficial relationship over the years. This has enabled the Church implement its multi-faceted programs, which have become a case study in Nigeria and abroad.

For more on these programs please go to www.freedomfoundationng.org.

The Church (This Present House) which prides itself in citizenship development and leadership training, has quietly run these and many other programs over the years; the Bethesda School program offers full scholarship in its primary and secondary schools across the State for the indigents while Genesis House  has successfully taken commercial sex workers off the streets of Lagos.  

The Church has run these programs from its Lekki Phase 1 office for the past 15 years. The right of way to this premises is currently being re-assessed by the Lagos State Government.

The Church will like to inform its congregation, well-wishers and the general public who have been anxious in the last couple of days following the discussion generated in the public space that it is in touch with the State authorities and avenues for a speedy resolution are being explored. 

We believe that this would be achieved within the shortest possible time.

There are many challenges confronting our dear nation. It has always been the belief of the Church that religious institutions being trustees of the discretions and personal struggles of the people are necessary partners of government.

The Church has no doubt that the issue at hand will be amicably resolved with Lagos State government.

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15 Comments

  1. Seun

    April 26, 2017 at 11:04 pm

    The Church of God is moving and the gate of Ambode will not prevail over it.

    I wonder if Ambode knows that a Holy fire has been ignited. Be ready to get burned.

  2. Arese

    April 26, 2017 at 11:33 pm

    Reading this, Its not hard to see this is a church with a strong sense of responsibility, Keep doing what you are called to you.

  3. Toluwalope

    April 27, 2017 at 7:22 am

    Nice response from the church.
    I’m sure some churches would have tagged this the fight between the kingdom of light and darkness?

  4. Ike

    April 27, 2017 at 8:36 am

    We Thank God for His Blessings through TPH as a responsible corporate person and Church.
    Hopefully LASG will leave TPH to continue it’s good work with peace.
    Other buildings on same line(both longitude and latitude wise) as the Church have not been disturbed over this “Right of Way” matter.
    God Bless us all in Nigeria.

  5. Dr. N

    April 27, 2017 at 8:53 am

    Kindly pop in this evening (thursday) for a worship service u are bound to enjoy
    It’s at the Dome end of admiralty way Lekki 1
    We are open!

  6. Jade

    April 27, 2017 at 10:40 am

    The issue is about right of way, building permits and proximity to high tension wires, so why not address that instead of talking about your scholarships, programs and drug rehabilitation. Are we supposed to let you break the law because you’re doing some good?

    • Nakoms

      April 27, 2017 at 10:54 am

      Gram!

    • Forgiven

      April 27, 2017 at 12:26 pm

      What you do not understand far supersedes that which you have knowledge of.

      ‘Omo kekere lo n se e Jade’

    • Bukky

      April 27, 2017 at 1:31 pm

      Keep quiet. What good have you done? Computer warrior. We stand with TPH.

    • tunmi

      April 28, 2017 at 1:44 am

      Thank you!!!!! They kept going on and on. Yes you do good work but we are speaking on THIS particular issue to Abeg focus. It left a bad taste in my mouth. Because you do good things for society, does that mean you are above the law?

  7. Nakoms

    April 27, 2017 at 10:55 am

    Gbam!

  8. Sam

    April 27, 2017 at 11:58 pm

    Jade
    He who sits in the heavens laugh
    Do you know Jesus?

  9. Jo

    April 28, 2017 at 7:21 am

    Some Nigerians tend not to see any wrong in religious bodies contravening laws and regulations. However, if such laws were to be breached by other entities, they would view the situation differently.

  10. OloriEbi

    April 28, 2017 at 8:19 pm

    This church is seriously impacting the community and alleviating the suffering of the people at the sametime helping government in community development. The government need to support them to do more.

  11. David

    April 28, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    Jade, Tunmi and Jo.
    Please be rest assured that no one is more law abiding than this church. Have you all tried to find out what transpired before Lagos state government came to seal their premises? Let’s not be too quick to jump into conclusion here. And to explain their talking about the charities and rehabilitation work they do around the state: please note that a church that takes the wellbeing of its neighbours seriously to the extent that they have committed considerable amount of resources to it will not defy government orders. It may interest you to know that some of the work they do is in partnership with Lagos state government so why would they now deliberately want to break the law? These are questions we need to begin to ask ourselves. Let’s not jump into conclusion without finding out first. .

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