One of the biggest projects that the Diocese of Ikot Ekpene has undertook is the building of a new Youth Development & Retreat Centre next to the spiritual year seminary. The project moves forward as money is available. The total cost of the project will be about 1.2 million USD. The centre will meet a very serious need within Nigeria for a place that people can gather to grow in their faith. Currently, there are no similar structures in the diocese or in any nearby dioceses.
The facility will also double as a youth development centre where young people can go to learn important skills so that they can find employment. Lack of employment is one of the greatest difficulties facing most Nigerians. By providing important training opportunities for young people, the Diocese of Ikot Ekpene hopes to help improve the lives of their people.
Enjoy the video tour of the centre below as well as the various pictures. If you would like to donate toward the completion of this project, please contact Fr. Gerald Akata.
The video and image below are from July, 2018. Please click here for the newest images from November 2021 so that you can see the progress that has been made over the past three years. We are hoping that this retreat center will be ready to be opened by early 2024.