Activities and Programme of the Justice Development & Peace Commission (JDPC), 2013 and Proposed Activities for 2014
REPORT OF THE ACTIVITIES AND PROGRAMME OF THE JUSTICE DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE COMMISSION (JDPC) FOR 2013 AND THE PREVIEW OF ACTIVITIES PROPOSED FOR THE YEAR 2014, SUBMITTED TO THE PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL OF ST. DOMINIC CATHOLIC CHURCH, YABA
Justice Development and Peace Commission (JDPC) is a social arm of the Holy Catholic Church established by the Late Pope Paul the 6th in 1962 and redefined by Pope John Paul II in 1976 to pursue social justice and equity both for the Catholic and non-Catholics.
In St. Dominic, Justice Development and Peace Commission was first inaugurated in 2002 by Rev. Fr. Iheanyi Enwerem but the group went down for a while due to paucity of funds owing largely to movement of most of its founding members to Lagos suburb. It was however resuscitated by the then Pastor, Rev. Fr. Vincent Ubili OP in 2010. Since then, JDPC has done a lot to empower the parishioners and the general public within Yaba and it’s environs through seminars, workshop, rallies, Road shows and other intellectual uplifting programmes.
“Onward to God’s Kingdom through Justice and Peace.”
ACTIVITIES CARRIED OUT BY THE COMMISSION IN 2013
On February 16, 2013, JDPC celebrated the Valentine feast with our brothers and sisters at Modupe – Cole, Home for the abandoned children at Akoka, Yaba by donating a cash sum of N55,000.00 (Fifty Five Thousand Naira) voluntarily donated by the members.
On March 9, 2013, JDPC marked the international Women’s Day with a rally around Yaba and press conference on the evils of human trafficking especially women and child trafficking.
On May 2013, JDPC held its election wherein elected the following members as its new executives:
On September 21, 2013, JDPC commemorated the international day of peace with a massive road work and sensitization programmes on the importance of peace for National Development that was aired on NTA.
On December 12 to 14, 2013, JDPC in collaboration with the National Association of Catholic Lawyers marked a 3 day event to commemorate the international Human Rights Day with activities that includes a week long Legal clinic and counseling for parishioners and non-parishioners alike at the JDPC office. Visit to the Old people’s home, a seminar and thanksgiving at 11:00am Mass on Sunday to end the activities of the group for the year.
Apart from the groups carried out by the Justice Development and Peace Commission for the year, JDPC members actively participated in the year 2013 Parish Harvest and other activities of the Parish throughout the year.
Justice Development and Peace Commission holds its monthly general meetings every second Sunday of the month after 9:45am Mass, at the JDPC’s office.
JDPC has membership strength of about 25 active members, although we have over 35 members on the group membership register.
SOURCES OF FUND FOR THE GROUP ACTIVITIES
Justice Development and Peace Commission generates fund for its activities through membership dues N200 (Two Hundred Naira) per member every month. Other sources of funding for the group include voluntary donations by members whenever JDPC is carrying out any of its numerous activities in the year, sponsorship and financial supports from the Patrons of the group and other well-meaning parishioners.
STRENGTH OF THE GROUP
The strength of JDPC lies in the personal commitment and conviction of the few members of the group who are ever willing to sacrifice their 3T.s of treasure time and talent to keep the group moving continuously in the mission of Christ and the Holy Catholic Church.
CHALLENGES FACING THE GROUP
Since JDPC is a voluntary and non-profit making organization; the major challenge facing it is inadequate funds to prosecute its numerous programmes and activities. Another major challenge is inadequate membership. This is owing to the fact that the membership of JDPC requires a great deal of personal sacrifice of time, money and energy.
REVIEW OF PROGRAMMES AND ACTIVITIES OF JUSTIVE DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE COMMISION FOR 2014.
On February 14, 2014, JDPC will celebrate the Feast of St. Valentine with a visit to the Pacelli School for the Blind and Partially Sighted at their Surulere Home.
On March 8, 2014, JDPC will mark the International Women’s Day with a seminar and Road show, to showcase the contributions the Nigerian Women are making to National Development.
On May 27, 2013, JDPC members will celebrate the Children’s Day with a charity visit to the Red Cross motherless and abandoned home at Adekunle, Yaba – Lagos.
On September, JDPC will mark the International Day of Peace with a road show and a press conference on the Desirability of Peace especially as we approach the 2015 general elections.
On October 1, 2014, JDPC will celebrate the Nigerian Independence Day with a visit to both Ikoyi and Kirikiri Prisons.
On December 10, 2014, JDPC would be celebrating the international Human Rights Day with a seminar / workshop on ways to enhance the Fundamental Human Rights of the Nigerian citizens.
Finally, the JDPC hopes to actively participate in the Parish Harvest and other activities of the Parish lined up for the year 2014.
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