The Provost and Medical Director, Dr. Timothy O. Adebowale, Top Management Committee, and the entire members of staff of the Hospital hosted the 2018 edition of Nine Lessons and Carols in grand style.

The event which took place on Thursday 20th December, 2018 at the Ultra Modern Cafeteria of the Hospital at Aro, by 4pm in the evening started on a sonorous note with organ voluntary and introit:  Let there be peace on earth by the popular guest choir in attendance, Egba Musical Society.

Thereafter, the chairman of the committee that planned the 2018 edition of Nine Lessons and Carols, who also is the Hospital’s chaplain, Pastor Anthony O. Ogbebor led the congregants at the service in opening prayers and supplication for the clients of the Hospital, Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Aro, and Nigeria as a whole.

With the prayers and supplication over, the host choir, Mount Zion chapel choristers in the Hospital led the congregation in high praises with deep worship and thanksgiving to God, spiced up with melodious instruments from the instrumentalists at the occasion.

The high point of the carol service was the reading of the Ninth Lesson at the occasion by the Provost, Dr. Adebowale and other lessons were read by the invited dignitaries from nooks and crannies of Ogun State and some of the lessons was dramatized by the drama group from the Occupational Therapy Department of the Hospital which centre on the essence of Christmas which is the birth of Jesus Christ.

In his sermon at the Carol Service with the theme “Behold, A king is Born”, Rev. (Prof.) Onadeko, the District Overseer of Foursquare Gospel Church, Ita-Oshin represented at the occasion by Rev. Abikoye, the chaplain of Mcpherson University, Ajebo, Ogun State gave a vivid description on how Jesus Christ was first born as a child on this earth before he became a man that saved the whole world from sin.

Side attractions at the carol service were the melodious delivery of congregational carol, special ministrations from the choirs in attendance which where, the host choir, Mount Zion Chapel in the Hospital and two guests choir from Foursquare Gospel Church, Ita-Oshin and the Egba Musical Society led by Chief ‘Bunmi Dipeolu who also coordinate musical aspect of the service. 

The invited saxophonist also added colour to the occasion with his dexterity on the saxophone.  Also a big plus to the carol service was the package of sumptuous meal with refreshments as take-away for both the dignitaries and members of staff courtesy of Provost and Medical Director at the occasion.

The 2018 edition of Nine Lessons and Carols of the Hospital was round off with closing prayer said by Pastor James. O. Oyekunle, the Pastor in charge of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Jesus the Rock Zone and who was a retired Pension Desk Officer of the Hospital.

Dignitaries in attendance at the 2018 Nine Lessons and Carols included Dr. T. O. Adebowale, the Provost and Medical Director and his wife Mrs. Adebowale, Dr. T. A. Adamson (Past Provost and Medical Director) Dr, S. A. J. Ibikunle (the Chairman, Hospital’s Endowment Fund for Neurosciences) Dr. A. O. Ogunlesi (Past Provost and Medical Director) and his wife, Dr. A. O. Akinhanmi (Past Provost and Medical Director) and his wife, Mr. B. O. Adebari, (former Head of Administration and Secretary to the Board, Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Aro, Abeokuta), Dr. G. Amoo, (Head, Clinical Services), Dr. O. O. Feyisitan (Medical Director, Hossana Hospital, Ilaro) representative of Administrative Secretary of Independent National Electoral Commission in Ogun State, Pastor Oyelami, Mr. L. A. Owodeyi (Permanent Secretary, Local Government Service Commission) Dr. M. O. Alao (Chief Consultant gynaecologist at Federal Medical Centre, Idi-Aba) representative of District Overseer of Foursquare Gospel Church, Ita-Oshin I, Rev. Abikoye, Representative of Vice Chancellor FUNAAB, Head DSS in Abeokuta North, representative of Head of Federal Character Commission and many others graced the occasion.