In the last one decade or more, funding of church activities – programmes and projects in the future had been a topical issue and indeed of major concern to church leaders and administrators.
At this point in time, proceeds from the congregation through levies, donations, tithes and thanksgiving, had started dwindling to a level that was becoming worrisome to the Anglican Church globally.
St. Anne’s Church, Molete as an integral part to the Anglican Communion of Nigeria was not left out of this all important poser. Thus, in 1997, the then Vicar of the Church, the Venerable R. M. Okeremi in consultation with some members of the church came up with the idea of church investment as part of the forward-looking posture of his administration.
A six-man investment committee was set-up by the then Vicar, the Ven. Okeremi as an outcome of a one-day retreat of the P.C.C., presidents and secretaries of the church societies and selected members of the congregation was organized by the Vicar on Saturday, 10th May, 1997 that was organised for this purpose.
It is heart-warming to see that the Investment Committee and the subsequent sub-committees worked assiduously on the assignments and within a short period of time, a number of investment projects were identified, developed and put in place. This includes:
St. Anne’s Nursery And Primary School
At its May, 1996 meeting, the PCC approved the recommendation by the Women’s Organization under the leadership of Mrs. E. O. Okeremi, for the establishment of a Nursery/Primary School in the church premises. A committee under the Chairperson of Otunba (Mrs.) R. M. Odedina, an Educationist and a proprietress of a Nursery/Primary School in Ibadan, together with Mrs. Toyin Akinpelu as the secretary was setup. Engineer (Chief) V. O. Osunsanya, and Arc. J. O. Omoniyi were also appointed to give Technical support to the committee. The second extension to the old church building was transformed into a beautiful three-classroom block with an office, a store and two toilets for the pupils.
What formerly looked like impossibility or a child’s play became a reality on Monday, 16th September, 1996 when the school took off with 27 pupils and 2 staffers.
The Lord Bishop was very glad at the news and in his maiden visit to the school, he wrote as quoted thus;
Delighted to see the new Nursery/Primary School of St. Anne’s Molete, Ibadan. Very good use is made of the space. The staff and pupils received us warmly. Our prayers for the growth and progress of the school, also our congratulations to the church.- Rt. Revd G. I. O. Olajide
Because of the high quality of education offered by the school, its growth was so rapid that within four years, all the newly constructed classrooms were filled up and this posed a serious challenge to the church investment committee.
The school has become one of the best schools around. The population continued to increase by the day. Mrs. G. O. Fajuyigbe is the present Headmistress of the school.
St. Anne’s Comprehensive College
The church continued to move ahead on its investment programmes with the acquisition of a building of four flats of 3 bedrooms each. At the back of the building was a vacant plot at Babalola Estate, Odo-Ona Elewe Road, Orita-Challenge, Ibadan. Both the building and the vacant plot were purchased at a cost of four million Naira (N4m) and passed to the investment committee. An implementation committee comprising eminent educationists was set up to work in collaboration with the Investment Committee for an effective and smooth take-off of the proposed secondary school.
An historical landmark was made on Tuesday, 16th September, 2003 when the school was officially opened. The dedication of the building was done by His grace, the Most Revd J. O. Akinfenwa, the Archbishop of Ibadan Province and Bishop of Ibadan Diocese at a moving service. He was assisted by the vicar of the church, the Ven. R. M. Okeremi and all the Assisting Priests. The great occasion was graced by members of the implementation committee, the congregation of the church and parents of the founding students.
The church, in her effort to ensure that other infrastructural amenities were provided, an eleven – acre piece of land was acquired and developed as the school’s permanent site in the same axis.
The first block of classrooms built on the permanent site was dedicated on 3rd of April, 2009 at a dedication service conducted by the Diocesan, the Most Revd. J. O. Akinfenwa, assisted by the then Vicar, the Ven. J. O. Woranola. In attendance were members of the Board of Governors, PCC members, congregation of St. Anne’s Church, the Principal, members of staff and students.
In his remarks, the Archbishop wrote thus;
To the glory of God who has given us the great leap forward in the building of this set of classrooms at the permanent site of the College. The presentation by the students was amazing and beautiful. This college has a great future, many thanks to the Principal and other members of staff of the college. God bless.- Most Revd. J. O. Akinfenwa
The college has moved to its permanent site where it now runs its full operations. It has continued to witness tremendous progress and improvement in both the physical growth and academic performance.
St. Anne’s Anglican Hospital
In addition to preaching the gospel, the church considered the establishment of a hospital to complement the holistic ministry of our Lord Jesus.
The hospital was approved to carry out minor surgical operations, render maternity services, and general medical services. The registration number is AD1/M 2370 of February, 2000.
On February 5th, 2000, a dedication service was held by the Rt. Rev’d G. I. O. Olajide, assisted by the Rt. Rev’d M. O. Akinyemi, the Ven. R. M. Okeremi and his Assisting Priests as part of the send-off programme for the Bishop. Others present were Dr. Bayo Banjo, Dr. Babatunde AdeyeOluwa and other members of the Diocese Health Board.
The hospital was affiliated to the Christian Health Association of Nigeria in 2004. This gave the hospital the opportunity of taking part in two different projects;
– One involving Family Planning in 2004 and the other involving HIV/ AIDS from 2007 till date. These have led to the training of members of staff and the equipping of the hospital. The hospital’s Laboratory unit was refurbished and equipped under the NICAB HIV/ AIDS project.
Although a lot of improvement had taken place in the hospital over the last ten years, quite a lot remains to be done in terms of the state-of-art equipment and staff in order to meet the aspirations of the church.
St. Anne’s Church Female Hostel
The female hostel is located on Barth Road, University of Ibadan, Ibadan. It can be reached through the main gate.
The hostel is on a 4-acre of land bought from the Oyo State Government at a cost of N1.3m in 1997. A 26 million Naira loan was obtained from the Co-operative Bank PLC to build it. This hostel was one of the main projects on the agenda of the Church Investment Committee.
The foundation stone of the hostel was laid by the retired Bishop of Ibadan, the Rt. Revd G. I. O. Olajide, assisted by the Ven. R. M. Okeremi and other clergy-men on Tuesday, 19th March, 1998. The building of the hostel took less than 12 months before it was completed and consecrated for use on Saturday, 23rd January, 1999.
The hostel continues to progress day by day with improved patronage by students of the university community and by the grace of the almighty God.