Rivers State Governor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, has urged the church and its leaders to check the excesses of pilgrims that travel to Jerusalem for pilgrimage.
This has become necessary because of the unhealthy behaviour of some of them while in the holy land.
Governor Amaechi, who was speaking when a delegation of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission led by His Grace, Nicholas Okoh paid him a courtesy visit at Government House, Port Harcourt, noted that the attitude of some pilgrims while in Jerusalem were capable of denting the image of the country.
Represented by his deputy, Engr. Tele Ikuru, the Governor regretted a situation whereby pilgrims abandoned their primary purpose of spiritual rebirth and took to immoral and unruly behaviours.
It is quite regrettable that so many that go to Jerusalem for pilgrimage do not know what they are there for, he said, pointing out that “we give them opportunities to go and by the time they come back, we hear disheartening reports about them, the amount of misbehaviour, the amount of jamboree, the story we hear is close to not knowing God. So the church must sit up”, he declared.
The governor noted that government in the past nine years had been making consistent efforts to send citizens to the holy land for spiritual rebirth despite the cost involved, because of its importance to God, saying “we believe it is the right thing to do”.
He commended the Anglican Communion in Nigeria for dissociating itself from the issue of gay bishops, describing it as absurd in the eyes of God and man.
Earlier, the leader of the delegation, His Grace, Nicholas Okoh, had told the governor that the Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission was gearing efforts toward reshaping pilgrimage to make it have real spiritual dimension.
Nicholas Okoh, the Primate-elect of the Anglican Communion pointed out that Jerusalem pilgrimage would no longer be seen as a jamboree, saying “we want to make it purely spiritual as all pilgrims will go through spiritual orientation.
According to him, “we want a situation where people will bring spiritual value into pilgrimage and make it help our country”.
LG Boss Promises To Boost Health Sector Admonishes Workers On Diligence
Chairman, Andoni Local Government Area of Rivers State, Mr Erastus Awortu, has promised to strengthen the health sector in the local council as he embarked on reviving the council’s moribund General Hospital.
Awortu made the promise on Wednesday in Ngo, the council’s headquarters.
He noted that the task of his administration was huge following negative impact on the council as a result of insecurity and other administrative shortfalls.
“Reopening the General Hospital in Ngo was part of our campaign promise, we are going to liaise with relevant authorities to ensure that the hospital starts operation as soon as possible.
“This is going to be one of our focus areas so as to alleviate the sufferings of our people especially women and children,” Awortu said.
The council chairman also warned civil servants in the area against laxity, urging them to support the administration to succeed.
“The HPM is here, unfortunately, he is the only management staff here.
“This is unacceptable; civil servants must begin to take responsibility and be diligent to duty to enable the council and our local economy feel their inputs.
“We will also ensure that the staff quarters for relevant staff are put in good shape,” he added.
Awortu urged the newly innaugurated members of his cabinet to live up to expectation in their various offices.
“The Vice Chairman has today been sworn in to assume duties, her office is a very important one that comes with lots of responsibilities.
“The office of the Vice Chairman heads the boundary committee which is expected to liaise with the respected chiefs and elders of the various communities.
“Same goes for the Council’s Secretary and Chief of Staff, your jobs are well spelt out too.
“I have been informed that apart from the financial records which are in the purvey of the Council’s Treasurer, there are no other records in the council.
“Going forward, the secretariat must ensure that all Council’s activities are well documented for the purpose of accountability,” he said.
Benue, Rivers Synergise On Rice Production
The Benue and Rivers State governments have commenced discussions to collaborate in the area of agricultural and food value chain production.
The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, disclosed this, yesterday, after receiving the report of the Prof. Dennis A. Ityavyar delegation he sent to Rivers State.
The governor restated the resolve of his administration to explore the cordial relationship between Benue and Rivers that had existed in time past for the benefit of the present and future generations.
Ortom commended the delegation for being good ambassadors of the state.
The Commissioner for Education, Prof. Dennis Ityavyar, who led the state’s delegation to Rivers State to explore the possibility of a synergy in that area while presenting the report to the governor at the Benue Peoples House, Makurdi, commended the governor for the initiative to rebuild relationship among the minority tribes in the country.
Ortom, who is Visitor to the Benue State University, also approved the appointment of the Amanyanabo of Abonnema, King Disrael Gbobo Bob-Manuel, as chancellor of the institution.
Similarly, Ityavyar led the Pro-Chancellor of the Benue State University, Prof. Zakarys Gundu; Vice Chancellor, Prof. Tor Joe Iorapuu; and others to present appointment letter to the new chancellor in Rivers State
Varsity Bursar Rates Wike High On Infrastructural Dev
The Acting Bursar of the Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Mr Victor Karibi Ikiriko, has commended Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike for his infrastructural revolution in the State.
Ikiriko said this shortly after being conferred with an Award of Excellence by the Joint Assembly of Rivers Youths in his office in Port Harcourt.
The Acting Bursar said Wike has shown leadership and capacity to deliver democratic dividend to the people of the State, given his numerious projects littered across every community in the state.
According to him, the projects of Governor Wike are littering across every communities in the state.
He also advised Rivers youths to shun cultism, drugs abuse and other vices as it will not do them any good.
The Bursar also cautioned against restiveness, stressing that time has come for eeryone to support the state government to move the state forward.
Earlier, while presenting the award, the President, Joint Assembly of Rivers Youths, Comrade Gershon Bobmannuel, said the award was in recognition of the Bursar’s is excellent performance in administration and proficiency in the service of the university.
According to him, the award was to encourage other public officeholders to put in their best in the service of the state and humanity.
“This award is coming at a time when moral decadence and deterioration have crept into our society.
“So when we see excellent performance by any Rivers man, we rush to celebrate him”, he said.
Bobmannuel said the group will continue to identify with people whose aspirations are geared towards creating opportunities for the youths of the state.
He also thanked Governor Wike for his youth friendly policies.
By: John Bibor
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