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Be armed with knowledge, relevant information on how to ensure security of the church, Rtd Police Commissioner tells Ushers at Babalola Region Ushers' Seminar

 

Elder E.A. Omole


By 'Gbenga Bankole


A retired Commissioner of Police, Elder E.A. Omole has implored Ushers to arm themselves with knowledge and relevant information on how to ensure security of the church. 


He said Ushers need to observe people inside and around the church, be proactive and pay attention to unfamiliar or strange faces in an imperceptible manner.


Elder Omole stated this while ministering on the topic "Church Security in a time like this: The Role of Ushers" on Friday August 20, 2021 at CAC Babalola Region Ushers' Seminar, Oyo State Chapter, held at CAC Agbala-Itura, Ibadan.


He advised the Ushers that while counting offerings of the day, others should keep close watch at entrances or exits and be at alert, adding that in some instances all Ushers divert attention to the counting of monies leaving a loophole and this can be avoided.


On the use of technology, Elder Omole said "where CCTV's are installed, it is the Usher that will be deployed to man the control room to monitor all activities taking place in the church and its immediate environment."


He also said that "personal effects like handbags, mobile phones etc. must be the responsibility of their owners. However, ushers need to be proactive to nip petty stealing in the bud. The Ushers must deploy the power of observation and sharp memory in order to check security breaches in the church. Where cars are parked along the street (where parking spaces are not available) the use of tallies may be very necessary. The presence of our Royal Shepherds where available will be of help to the Ushers." 


Elder Omole concluded that "the work of Ushers is a strenuous one because it requires standing most of the time. It is therefore suggested that more of our young and mature brothers and sisters who are Spirit-filled should be encouraged to serve in the department. 


While delivering the welcome address, the Coordinator, CAC Babalola Regional Ushers, Pastor Adeniyi Adams said the general situation of things in the world made it impossible for them to hold the programme in the year 2020.


He said during the period of lockdown that affected religious activities, the leadership of Babalola Regional Ushers, Oyo State Chapter, maintained and preserved her unity. 


According to him, the present leadership is very determined to build on the strong foundation laid by their predecessor in all facets of activities. 


The Regional Head Usher of Christ Apostolic Church, Akinyele Region, Pastor I.A. Omoyeni who was also in attendance told the Ushers not to see themselves as Ushers, but as ministers of God.


He said they should take the work with all level of seriousness.


The DCC Superintendent of CAC Agbala-Itura DCC, Ibadan, Pastor Abraham Akinpelu urged the Ushers to take their stand in God.


He said "there is a blessing in your work. Use the the advantage you have for the benefit of your life. God singled out the Levites from the tribes of Israel. You are also part of the Levites."


There was a powerful prayer session anchored by the second guest minister, Pastor Oluwamuyiwa Abidemi. It was indeed an impactful session.

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