READ: Pastor Paul Adefarasin Gives Tricycles, Commercial Buses To “Area Boys” At The Experience 14.
The Senior Pastor of House on the Rock Church and convener of The Experience concert, Pastor Paul Adefarasin, empowered several ‘area boys’ on the Lagos Island axis of Lagos State during The Experience 2019 concert. He distributed tricycles and commercial buses to get them meaningfully engaged.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who attended the concert with his wife, Ibijoke, pledged that the state government would equally key into the project to ensure its sustainability.
The annual event tagged “Experience 14” adjudged to be one of the biggest gospel music concerts in Nigeria, attracted over 250, 000 worshipers cut across different denominations.
The worshipers danced to the musical rendition by some of the celebrated recording artists like Preye Odede, Mercy Chinwo, Travis Greene, Sinach, Nathaniel Bassey, Tope Alabi, Donnie McClurkin, Planetshakers, Chioma Jesus, Eben, Onos Ariyo, and Sammie Okposo, among others.
The event also attracted several dignitaries including representatives of the British High Commission and the United States Consulate in Nigeria.
According to Pastor Paul Adefarasin, the church has over the years collaborated with the Lagos Island ‘area boys’ in the area of rehabilitation and skills acquisition to get them meaningfully engaged.
He said, “At this time, we are very thankful for the Lagos Island area boys that we have christened and renamed them Jesus boys. We have a partnership with them for over 24 years dividing healthcare, education, rehabilitation, and skills acquisitions.
“Now, we are taking it a little further to empower them by creating a transport industry that the ‘area’ boys will be able to run. It involves various types of vehicular transportation but we are starting the pilot scheme with the Keke-Marwa (tricycle).
“We would also give them several vehicles for commercial transportation purposes. They will be delivered to them in the next 72 hours. The very best of them have been identified and they will be handed their buses.”