By Oladele Ogunsola, Ibadan.
The 14th edition of Dorcas Oke Hope Alive Initiative (DOHAL) annual lecture holding this Saturday in Ibadan will be delivered by the former President and elder statesman, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo (GCFR).
Former President Obasanjo will be speaking on ‘Corruption and the Challenges of the African Child’ at the annual public lecture scheduled to hold at Emeritus Professor Theophilus Ogunlesi Hall, opposite the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan Main Gate.
DOHAL, a humanitarian organ of the Sword of the Spirit Ministries was founded by Bishop & Rev(Dr.) Mrs Francis Wale Oke, in October 2003.
The Annual Public Lecture is held by DOHAL in honour of Docas Oke and this year’s edition is expected to be graced by the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osibajo SAN, GCFR and chairmaned by Chief Afe Babalola, the Pro-Chancellor of Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti.
Equally expected to attend but not limited to captains of industry are members of academic community, members of the political class, traditional rulers, top government officials, the Judiciary, Civil Societies, the Youth, NGOS, and the Media.
DOHAL is a registered, faith based, non-governmental organization based in Nigeria, working in the field of health and development and the organization thrives on the philosophy that life is indeed sacred and created to fulfill a divine agenda, hence it must be preserved from all negative and destructive forces.
The lecture, according to a statement made available to the media by the ministry’s spokesperson, Pastor Mrs. Bisi Adetifa is organized over the years by DOHAL and is aimed at creating awareness among the polity on the challenges facing the African child and mobilizing support towards stamping out these challenges through collaborative efforts with NGO’s, governmental organizations and other agencies working in the area of youth development in Nigeria and the African Region.
Arising from this mission, according to the statement are five strategic programs of activities aimed at impacting the lives of the target beneficiaries positively. The five holistic but integrated sustainable development approaches are:
- Death Prevention Program (DPP) targeted at preventing untimely death among youths, children and women.
- Youth Emancipation and Empowerment Program (YEEP) aimed at empowering the African youths, inculcating in them, positive core values, discouraging them from negative and destructive tendencies so that they may live a productive life.
- Poverty Eradication Program (PEP) which involves eradicating poverty among African youth and women through skill acquisition, job placement, job creation, micro-finance support, provision of trade/business tools.
- Rural Development and Empowerment Program (RUDEP) aimed at promoting the development of rural areas and empowerment of rural dwellers in Africa so as to discourage unnecessary drift to urban centers and
- Disaster Relief Program (DPR) which provides immediate relief and succor for victims of wars, communal clashes, natural and other disasters.
Quoting Bishop Oke, the spokesperson said, “the establishment of the NGO was borne out of his concern on the increasing rate of untimely death due to preventable infections among the populace, in particular among the Youth.
“This year’s Public Lecture is focusing on the African Child, because whatever affects the African Child affects the Nigerian Child. And even though children and women constitute the vulnerable segments of the population around the World, the issue of their being marginalized is more pronounced in Africa where their welfare and development, including that of the youth still fall far below expectation,” the Presiding Bishop was further quoted.