Christians in Nigeria have been enjoined not to panic over the security challenges facing the country but to pray fervently for the peace and continued unity of the nation.
They have also been charged to employ the full potency of intercession praise and worship to prevail over the forces of darkness represented by the Islamic fundamentalist sect-Boko Haram.
The chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Rivers State, Apostle Zilly Aggrey made the call on Saturday in Port Harcourt.
He was speaking at the Organisation of African Instituted Churches (OAIC) group finals of the Annual Festival of Nigerian choirs.
Speaking of the theme “Beyond Competition”, Aggrey who is also founder of the Royal House of Grace Church spoke of what he called the threats by Boko Haram to wipe out over 70 million Nigerians, saying the defense of Christians is in the Bible book of 2nd Chronicles Chapter 20.
Describing God as a lover of music and praise worship, the CAN chairman said that when Christians defend their lives and religion with the weapon of music, “every Pharaoh pursuing Christians will meet their Red Sea.”
The chairman commended the constructive role OAIC officials were playing in CAN under his leadership, saying they were influential to his coming into office.
He prayed that the best choir would emerge winners in the competition.
Also speaking, the General Secretary, OAIC (Nigerian Region) Dr. Sunday Usu stated that the gates of hell will not prevail over the church, insisting that the flag of Christianity will continue to fly in the North since Nigeria was a secular state.
In her speech, Bishop Deborah Ibim Alabraba of Christ the Lamb International Church said that Christians had remained peaceful and quiet in the face of the Boko Haram attacks because they have left vengeance to God.
She prayed that the music and songs of praises by Christains will provoke God’s intervention and restore lasting peace and security in the country, soon,
At the end of the choral competition, two out of the six competing choirs qualified from OAIC for the finals in Abuja, later this year.
They are Divine Order of Cherubim and Seraphim Choir and Christ Healing Church of Nigeria choir.
Finima Seeks Host Community Rights From NLNG
Finima community has decried neglect and poor corporate social responsibility by the Nigerian Liquified Natural Gas(NLNG), insisting that the gas multinational has failed to recognise them as host community.
The protest staged by the community was peaceful until some youths alleged to be from Bonny attacked the protesters, unleashing violence and vandalising properties worth millions of naira in the area.
As at the time of writing the report, nine persons were wounded in the attack and were hospitalised.
Speaking on why the community held the protest, an elder of Finima Community, Mr Dagogo Lambeth Brown said for over 30 years the community was relocated for the LNG plant in the early 90s, the community had been sided in terms of hosting rights.
Brown stated that despite having signed an MOU (Memorandum Of Understanding) with the community, NLNG has reneged on what he called legacy issues. Some of the legacy issues include resettlement of indigenes from their ancestral land now used as site for NLNG, environmental, health, education and employment.
He said, “as at today there is nothing to show for hosting LNG on our land…even we have internally displaced persons in Finima.”
Woman Leader in the community, Mrs.Victoria Brown recalled that the community gave land to the federal government to build the multinational gas firm but today the firm has failed to honour and rexognise their host.
Another community woman leader, Mrs Kabaka Brown said many youths are not employed as part of the MOU.
“ We have master and doctoral degree holders who have no jobs. The jobs they give us is cleaners and security men,” she said.
On his part, Youth Leader and former Chairman of FinimaYouth , Ala Hart decried that NLNG has made billions from it soil while the community suffers.
Mr. Hart explained that the major issues of contention forms part of the Community Content Guidelines, which NLNG do not implement.
He noted that the Community Content Guidelines is part of the Nigerian Content Development Monitoring Board established by law.
The guidelines covers employment, environment, health and general welfare of host communities which the gas giant does not implement.
Reacting to the development, the NLNG General Manager, External Relations and Sustainable Development, Eyono Fatayi- Williams said the multinational gas firm had always considered all stakeholders in the community as partners.
“ NLNG remains full committed to sustainable development in the kingdom, hinged on active community participation to drive initiatives and projects that positively impact the lives of the community,” he added.
By: Kevin Nengia
21st Century Business: Company Harps On Digital, Smart Office Technology
The General Manager, Sales and Marketing, Xerox H.S. Nigeria Limited, Mr Femi Abidoye, has stressed the need for digital printing press as well as Smart Office operations in order to adjust properly in the 21st century office documentation system.
Abidoye, said this during the company’s business exhibition titled “ Digital Printing Press, Smart Office Technology Products And Electronic Document Management System ‘EDMS’ held in Port Harcourt recently.
He noted that the company has made the issue of work from home a reality.
According to him, the Covid-19 pandemic had actually challenged the people on the need to consider work from home a better business option, which he said the company was handy to provide solution.
The Xerox’s General Manager, Sales and Marketing, further said that his company has been in the forefront of sermonising against analogue system to the digital system.
By: King Onunwor
Foundation Wants Establishment Of Environmental Clubs In Schools
As part of measures of promoting Environmental best practices in the society, a Non-Governmental Organisation, under the auspices of ‘Biodiversity Protection and Sustainable Development Foundation’, has called for the establishment of Environmental Eco Clubs in Primary, Secondary and tertiary institutions.
Foremost environmentalist and Chairman, Board of Trustees of the foundation, Engr, Olu Andah Wai- Ogosu gave the recommendation during a one-day, ‘Youth in School Sensitisation Programme on Environmental sustainability’ held at Goel International School, Onne, Eleme Local Government Area, Rivers State in commemoration of the 2021 edition of the World Environment Day.
Wai- Ogosu who described the environment as man’s first right decried the abuses of the environment through bad practices and lack of effective policy regulations and implementation.
He pointed out that the establishment of Eco clubs and full integration of environmental practices in the school curriculum will help in raising proper awareness particularly among the youth to manage the environment effectively.
Wai- Ogosu, a former National President of Nigeria Environmental Society, said the theme for this year’s World Environment Day, “Ecosystem Restoration” was very apt as it draws attention to the ecosystem which is under severe threat and abuses as a result of bad environmental practices.
He said: “It’s very important that we factor in the environment in all our development plans, the vision 2020 project had no consideration for the protection of the environment and what we have is chaos”.
By: Taneh Beemene
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