RCCG unveils subsidised market in Ekiti

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The Redeemed Christian Church of God, Youth Province 9 Headquarters (Palace of Praise) in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State has unveiled a ‘Jesus Market’ initiative where prices of goods were sold at reduced prices for church members.

The pastor-in-charge of the church, Pastor Anthony Obinna-Ibe, said the market, designed as part of efforts to cushion the effect of economic hardship in the country on members, would be open for transactions two or three times a year.

A statement from the church on Monday stated that Obinna-Ibe, spoke at the inauguration of ‘Jesus Market’ at the church venue in Ado Ekiti on Sunday, as part of activities to celebrate Easter, saying, “Things are quite challenging. People don’t have enough money to feed and clothe themselves. We decided to do what we call Christian Social Responsibility to give back to the people.

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


At the market, church members bought goods and food items at subsidised prices.

A measure of garri worth N1,000 went for 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.


Also, clothing items were sold at the market including; a skirt worth N3,000 and sold at N500, a suit was sold at N1,000, Kampala was sold at N1,000, a T-shirt worth 7,000 was sold at N1,000, a polo shirt was sold at N500 and shoe and gown worth N28,000 and N7,000 were sold at N1,000 respectively, according to the statement.

Speaking on the initiative, the pastor 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 minimise and we could assist where we can, particularly during 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 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.”

The Assistant Pastor and Provincial Elder, Pastor Fola Richie-Adewusi, who said the gesture would help to cushion the effect of the present hardship, added, “The response from the people showed that they appreciate that gesture. They see it as something supportive for them to eat.:

Richie-Adewusi, who called on the government for continued support to people, said, “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.

“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’ keepers,” she said.

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