Dominican Centre for Human Resources Development in Nigeria

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The Dominican Centre for Human Resources Development (DCHRD) in Moniya, Nigeria is a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) owned by the Dominican Friars of the Province of St. Joseph the worker, Nigeria & Ghana. The Friars established the headquarters of the Centre on their 70-acres of land in Mogaji, Moniya area of the City of Ibadan and was commissioned in March, 2007. The Centre has another 50-acres allocation in the permanent site of the proposed Dominican University in Moniya (3 Km away from the headquarters) and yet another 62-acres in Kumasi, Ghana.

Our mandate is preaching. We do this not only in the homilies given at Mass, lecturing, writing books and pamphlets, appearing on radio or TV, and producing materials for the internet, but also to the people we meet in our work in Parishes, Schools, Hospitals, Prisons, Markets, and all the other places our work takes us. For our preaching to be relevant in our changing world it has to address the needs of the people.

As we struggle to respond to our many pastoral challenges, in our changing world, after 50 years of apostolate in Nigeria, we come to the painful realization that the greatest threat to human life in Nigeria is hunger, unemployment and poverty, among others. In fact, we have enormous problems in our days in Nigeria and the rest of the Africa, perhaps a crisis. The African soil that was once the cradle of human civilization is today ravaged by hunger, unemployment, energy crisis, rising waves of violence and crime, environmental pollution and disaster. Poverty reduction and job creation would therefore assume the major challenges to any Government, Institution, NGO, and Religious Organization that desires to be relevant in the continent at this time.

The centre has it’s humble beginning in 1991 when Rev. Bro. Chukwunonye Osunwoke, OP moved his farming activities from the Dominican Community in Samonda, to a small parcel of land acquired by the Province in Moniya. Mr. Michael Afolabi in 1996, succeeded Bro. Chukwunonye as the Director of the centre. The General Elective Chapter of 2001 appointed Fr. Valentine Anyanwu, OP as the third Director 2001-2005. The General Elective Chapter of July, 2005 reviewed the progress made in the farm and appointed Fr Fortunatus Okeke, OP as director.

The Centre is our contribution in response to the many pastoral challenges we encounter in Africa where hunger and poverty diminish the human dignity and make people vulnerable to every kind of misleading values and false religion. It is committed to a viable and sustainable socio-economic and religious entrepreneurship that will empower the poor and seek to promote success-driven training programmes that have the capacity of harnessing the natural and human resources of beneficiaries and translate them into a culture of self-reliance.

Our vision is to develop a sustainable, efficient, and cost-effective production and processing system that would impact positively on the lives of rural communities and at the same time enhance our environment such that we recycle and revalorize dispersed energy. The Centre, 5 Km. away from IITA (www.iita.org), also aims at building a bridge between Agricultural research institutes and rural farmers.

The three main sectors in our synergy include:

1.    Agro/Crop Production and Processing- Cassava, maize, Yam, Soya-Beans.
2.    Animal Husbandry – Cow, Pig, Rabbits, Turkey, Poultry.  
3.    Aqua Culture – Cat-fish, and Tilapia. The three minor sectors include:                    
       (a) Bee-Keeping for Honey production,
       (b) Bio-Gas technology to achieve total recycling of wasted into wealth,
       (c) Our Ecology system that aims to promote a holistic and sustainable way of life.

To complete the vision is a centre for spiritual renewal- Thomistic spirituality. We sincerely count on your support to achieve this vision.
 
(20 September 2013)