THE authorities of the Ibadan Diocese (Anglican Communion), last Sunday, honoured 22 members of the diocese, who had been found worthy in the service of God and humanity through the use of their God-given talents.
The 2016 honours and awards, which was held at All Souls’ Church, Bodija, Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, was presided over by the bishop of the diocese, Most Reverend Joseph Akinfenwa, who charged the awardees to continue to contribute to the spiritual growth of the church through radical evangelism.
Among those that were honoured on the occasion were Chief Jolasanmi Falore; Mrs Fafowora Ogunsola; Amos Ogunyemi; Professor Adenike Oyinlola Osofisan; Miss Modupe Omisakin; Professor Olufunso Famuyiwa, Evangelist Michael Daramola; Mr Samuel Odiaka; Professor Ebenezer Babatunde Otesile; Evangelist Mobolaji Daramola and Mr Daniel Uvo.
It will be recalled that a total of 230 people had received the award since the inauguration of the honours and award by Bishop Akinfenwa in 2000, including the 2016 awardees.
The awards cut across all professions such as teaching; medicine; law; business as well as the industrial sector.
Delivering a sermon tagged “Service, prerequisite for honour” on the occasion, the Provost of St James Cathedral, Oke-Bola, Ibadan, Oyo State, Very Reverend (Dr) David Olagbaju, said that honours were not automatic for people who had not made any significant impact in the lives of others and the society.
He added that it was vain to reward such people, noting that this was why the nation was where it is today.
“For us to be honoured, we must serve God, society and the nation. When you serve God, you must serve Him with faithfulness,” he said.
He, therefore, admonished Nigerians to have direct contact with God so that they would be able to serve Him faithfully and be rewarded.