The inauguration ceremony of A $250 million Christian Worship Auditorium in Ohafia Council of Abia State will be held tomorrow.
The auditorium, with a capacity of 120,000 worshipers and designed as an indoor stadium, is expected to be the largest Christian worship auditorium, larger than those in churches around the world by Wikipedia standards.
The auditorium will be built in the proposed “prayer city of Uma Ukpai” according to the project’s architects, Abuja-based Devinci Consulting. The designers confirmed by e-mail that the auditorium should be completed in 36 months, taking into account what they called “foreign logistics”.
Apart from being a preacher, Reverend Ukpai is said to have built several colleges in Nigeria and Ghana. Uma Ukpai’s City of Prayer will be her biggest project. The architects specify that it will host not only the auditorium of Christian worship but also event centers, meeting rooms, a clinic, 3 heliports, a service station, a hotel, offices and various car parks.
The project’s media managers, Jabborro PR, in a statement made available to journalists, predict that this project alone will generate hundreds of jobs and create a medium-sized local economy in Ohafia. In their explanation, they pointed out;
“Tour. Dr. Uma Ukpai is one of the greatest Christian preachers in Nigeria who is not called to found a church but he is one of world renown. He is a man of God who preached the gospel for more than 50 years, with so many testimonies following his ministry. With this project, his annual conferences will finally have a suitable place, in addition to the number of jobs that we expect to create with this alone”.
According to project officials, Uhuru Global Construction Company in Aba;
“…the Southeast can be said to have been heavily involved in building worship centers all over the world, but not even a single significant structure in their home. This will be the first and will be the largest in the land, rightly so.
Reverend Ukpai is popularly known as a founding father of the organized Pentecostal movement in West Africa, an evangelist who founded no church but maintains an itinerant evangelical ministry. Besides his traveling preaching schedule, he holds a weekly meeting at his fellowship headquarters in Uyo, the AkwaIbom state capital, on Wednesdays.
Project media officials explain that Uma Ukpai Prayer City will be a commemorative legacy of preacher Rev. Dr. Uma Ukpai. According to them, more than 15 hectares of land have already been acquired for this project and the construction contract has been awarded to the duo Uhuru Global Construction Company as the project facilitator and Habitat Universal Concept as the contractor.