By Abba-Eku Onyeka
The Parish Priest of St John the Beloved in Tungamaje under Abuja Catholic Archdiocese, Rev Fr Samuel Tarvihi has commended parents for dedicating their children to God, but advised them to do more towards up-bringing of their children.
He spoke to our reporter after the dedication of their twin babies, Prince and Princess Ugwu by one of the Executive Officers of Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), Chief Henry Ugwu and wife at the parish last Sunday.
Making his point, he said: “Among others, dedication is a way of showing appreciation to God and it is worth doing. What a parent should do for the child is not just dedication. It is one of the things. How about the training and the upbringing? When you dedicate the child, you abandon it because you have dedicated it to God. You still need to train the child in the way of the lord.”
He, however, spoke extensively on the need for parents to shun the habit of abandoning the child for money and material things.
Also speaking, RTEAN’s Executive Secretary, Comrade Yusuf Adeniyi and Kaduna State Chairman, Hon A.Z. Jalaludeen, said that the trade union would contribute toward the training of the babies, while the chairman advised the parents to be prayerful giving the babies the expected upbringing.
In an appreciation speech, the celebrant, Chief Ugwu promised to sacrifice the children for the service of God.
He urged parents who had been looking for a child to be prayerful and have faith in God.
Earlier in his opening remark, the chairman of the occasion, Chief Samuel Onah who doubles as the Chief Executive Officer of Nyanay Mass Transit Ltd said that the essence of the occasion was to appreciate God for the gift of the twins after many years of searching for babies, just as he advised the parents to bring them up in the way of God.