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Centre for Counseling of Deportees & Refugees (CCDR). Our centre which was opened in 2006 with the sole aim of protecting, counselling and rehabilitating deportees and refugees in order to help them integrate easily into society. The centre was opened as a result of our humanitarian urge and in response to the growing number of displaced persons who flee their countries as a result of wars and illegal immigrants and other people who are deported from various countries regularly.

As you are aware deportees and refugees are products of poor economic development and constant wars in developing countries. The influx of such people into different countries has no doubt become a problem to such countries as well as to other nations.


The centre for Counselling of Deportees and Refugees (CCDR), Lagos, Nigeria, is a non-profit, non-governmental, non-religious, organization, which came into being by virtue of Registration No. CAC/IT/N022143 dated 28th October, 2006. The organization has since been working with local and international agencies and individuals.


Your call or visit to our office or an invitation to a meeting in your office in relation to our operations and possible areas of cooperation will be highly appreciated.

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We are a non-profit, non-religious, non-governmental organization delivering practical services to Nigerian and other deportees from other country who find themselv…
The Mission of Saints Peter and Paul Major Seminary is the formation of men for sacred ministry in the celibate The Seminary programme is characterized by love and fidelity to the Catholic Church and her Magisterium and by the conviction that the Ordained Priesthood is a calling to a unique participation …
The Seminary of Ss. Peter and Paul is a regional Seminary for the dioceses of the Ecclesiastical Provinces of Lagos, Ibadan and Benin City. The Conference of Bishops under the Chairmanship of the Archbishop of Lagos oversees the general formation programme of the Seminary …
Students are admitted into the Seminary on the recommendation of their Bishops or Religious Superiors. In addition, a student must qualify for the Degree Programme prior to his admission into the seminary. Candidates for admission as seminarians must possess the following: Sponsorship from the Bishop or Religious Superior …
The Department of Philosophy of the Seminary is in affiliation with the University of Ibadan. The Department offer a B.A. Philosophy Programme. For the award of Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy candidates must satisfy the regulations for the B.A. Degree as specified by the Faculty of Arts of the University of Ibadan …
The Department of Theology of the Seminary has two programmes: B.A. Honours in Religious Studies (In Affiliation with the University of Ibadan) and B.Th. Honours in Theology (In Affiliation with the Pontifical Urban University, Rome). The Bachelor of Theology (B.Th) programme of the Seminary spans a-four year course …

Our History
The Seminary of Saints Peter and Paul is the oldest and first Catholic Theologate in Nigeria. The idea of a Major Seminary to train young men for the Catholic Celibate Priesthood came into reality in the year 1908, when a major seminary was established in Ivianokpodi, a village close to Agenebode in Edo State.
The first name given to the seminary was St. Paul's Seminary, a name it retained while it was later moved to Benin City. It added the name 'Peter' when it got to Ibadan on the 31st of January 1957. Here, in Bodija, it assumed the permanent name: Saints Peter and Paul.
It became widely known as "Great Bodija" among its peers, i.e. among the other major seminaries in the country. This name did not come by accident. It earned the name as a result of its hard-work and achievements, especially in the areas of excellence in education, sports, liturgy, and culture. Bodija always excelled, and her products (alumni) have made significant impact on the Catholic Church in Nigeria and beyond.
The seminary started with two blocks of buildings, i.e., the Fathers' House and St. Peter's Block, with Rev Fr. Maguire as Rector.

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