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“I’m Called To Preach The Gospel In Police Uniform” – Woman Corporal

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Corporal Pretty Nkorpue

Corporal Pretty Nkorpue

Nkorpue, a Pastor, gospel musician, and a serving member of the Nigeria Police Force attached to Police Chaplaincy office ‘A’ Department, Rivers State Police Command, life, as she is concerned is a borrowed one  and can only be better utilised in serving God and humanity.
To many, it is an irony to see a gospel preacher in police uniform. W/CPL Pretty Nkorpue, a Botem Tai Local Government-born, has proven to the public, that something good can come out of Nazareth.
Recruited into the Nigeria Police Force 11yrs ago, Corporal Pretty Nkorpue, remained in search of life fulfillment until she pitched her tent with the Nigeria Police Chaplaincy office ‘A’ Department, Rivers State Police Command.
In her zeal to make real her mandate of evangelising the police, Pretty last year acquired a gospel ministerial education that now qualifies her a pastor. Today this lady police officer has produced a musical album to press home her message of the kingdom of God to her generation. In an interview with The Tide Women’s Desk, the Female Police Officer relates her passion for the gospel in the barrack.
As a minister, how do you cope with the police duty? We in the chaplaincy, we are charged with the responsibility of preaching the gospel in the police office. Our motto is “God in police for transformation,” so there is no conflict anywhere. My duty post is in the chaplaincy where I have someone who gives me orders and oversees my activities. We are spiritually committed towards the upliftment of the Nigeria Police and that we are doing.
Q What motivated you into music?
Already I know  I have a call to be a minister of the gospel, but sometime last year God told me to  adopt music as part of my gospel ministration mandate but I did not see that possible because I didn’t have a good voice, so in my protest,   God insisted and that was it. At his command, I braced up for the musical studio and the result was the production of this musical CD
What is your music all about and why did you consider it apt for this moment?
My music is just a reminder to people that we are mere strangers, or pilgrims  in this world,  we are not yet at our destination.
I consider this message appropriate at this moment because a lot of people have become so relaxed, perpetrating all manners of evil, without a cause to consider that we are accountable for our deeds and that we are answerable to a supreme God who will bring to book all that we have done here on earth. If we parade that consciousness of an eternal home somewhere, it will enable us minimise or outrightly stop evil practices and do good instead which is what God demands of us.
Is  God in police for transformation realistic?
Sure! You need to see how police officers embrace the presence of the chaplaincy in the barrack. They are challenged to see fellow police officers preach the gospel and many, I tell you many give their lives to Christ and their lives are positively affected by the gospel in the barracks.
Do you consider it better preaching on uniform?
Absolutely yes! Many people have advised me to resign and go into full time ministry as a civilian but I keep telling them that my calling is to preach the gospel as a police officer to the police. For now, God is using the police uniform to advertise his world .  One thing we need to know is that God is all-knowing, he has his reasons for his choices and I also feel that the target audience (the police) will be more accessible as an insider than as an outsider. Besides the police are also humans, they need the Lord’s tonic from time to time just like every other person.
So how do you feel taking the gospel to the barrack?
Hmmm, I fell fulfilled of course. Those who know me from beginning in Nigeria Police would tell you that I was not a very good instrument for the regular police duty and I was like one found wanting, all because my passion was for something different, though still in police clothing. So it is like discovering one self at a place where he rightly belongs. For me, whatever that would take me closer to God is welcome heaven is my goal.
What is your message to the people?
Christ is coming again, the consciousness of our stranger state on earth is important because we will all appear before the Almighty God some day some time.

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44 Years In Marriage: Couple Celebrate Love

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While some couples have had to quit their union in very short space of time for various reasons, for Mr and Mrs Akpan, the grace of God upon their marriage had been the spice that had kept the union going.
44 years now in marriage, the couple have gannered enough reasons to celebrate God’s goodness, faithfulness upon their lives. Sunday, September 19, 2021 remains remarkable in the history of their relationship as they appeared before a distinquished congregation at Charismatic Renewal Ministries, Woji, in Port Harcourt, to refresh a covenant they had 44 years ago when they first tied the nuptial knot.
Engr Anthony Akpan who doubles as a Pastor and Zonal Secretary, PFN, sees his wife, Mrs Akpan Emilia, as the greatest gift from God to his life, for which he declared that, “she is worth celebrating for her love, hard work and uncountable achievements these 44 years of marriage.”
In his words, “today is a joyous day and double celebration for us. We are 44 years in marriage and my wife is also marking her 69th birthday. God has been so faithful to our union”, he noted.
Commenting on the uniqueness of their relationship, the Rivers State commissioner for information, Pastor. Paulinus Nsirim discribed the couple as role models and inspiration to the old/younger generations.
Pst. Nsirim reiterated that the couple have been a great gift to the church and have mentored many lives/marriages both in the church and secular world, adding that “they are worth celebrating.
“The couple have been a blessing to the body of Christ and nation at large. Their marriage has been an inspiration to me and others. Their marriage would continue to enjoy God’s blessings”.
Meanwile, the Chairman of Pentecostal Followship of Nigeria (PFN), Rivers State, Rev. Dagogo Jack, has appreciated God for keeping them in harmonious marriage for 44 years.
PFN Chairman said the couple has worked so hard in the Lord’s vineyard, adding that their lives have been an example to believers.
Speaking during the thanks giving service, the celebrant, Engr Akpan appreciated God for the grace given to them that called for the double celebration.
On the secret of the successful marriage, he noted the need for couples to “have a good heart and relationship with God, work in forgiveness for one another, make excuses for each other and always striving to be the best husband/wife for one another”.
He reiterated the need for couples to work together and overcome pressure points in their marriages.
Speaking in an interview with The Tide shortly after the thanks giving service, Mrs Akpan recounted God’s grace and faithfulness in her marriage.
Mrs Akpan who noted that the marriage has been a source of joy due to the presence and grace of God, said the secret of her success in marriage is God’s word and command that, “the two should become one”.
For her, success in marriage starts with the choice of spouse. Thus she advised, “don’t choose a husband/wife based on wealth and look, but ensure that he/she is your soul mate”.
And to the younger women, she stressed the need for endurance and the ability to settle marriage challenges on one’s knees.
Their union is blessed with eight children and seven grand children. Mrs Akpan, is the proprietress of Showers Christian High School.

By: Lilian Peters

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Rotary Club To Empower Women On Renewable Energy

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As Rotary Club of Port Harcourt Eco District 9141 gets a new Charter President, there are indications that attention is gradually being shifted from fossil fuel to renewable energy. In her inaugural speech as the first president of the charter, Rotarian Emem Bridget Okon, said, “this club under my leadership will champion alternative source of energy, we are going to promote that in the communities.”
She announced the interest of the club in climate literacy, as she declared that the campaign is on a shift from fossil fuel to renewable energy as it would be good to also make contribution in that aspect.
For this reason, the president said, they would train local communities as well as empower youths and women on renewable energy such as solar, so it can help in the area of having energy stoves and solar power in communities, among others.
She called for support from individuals and organisations as well as donors to ensure that this project makes impact in the lives of community members.
Speaking to newsmen shortly after her installation, last Sunday in Port Harcourt, Rtn Okon explained that the state of mother earth has become a global challenge as such the Rotary Club is interested in finding solutions to some of these challenges as it affects all aspects of human life.
Speaking further, she explained that the club’s mandate is to promote environmental conservation, ecosystem restoration as well as climate change mitigation, adding that the club would also seek to contribute to addressing the challenges in the Niger Delta environment in line with Rotary international focus through the following intervention areas: disease prevention and treatment; mangrove restoration; basic education and climate literacy; peace building and conflict resolution; economic and community development and eco ambassador, among others.
She further explained that the environment area of focus in rotary club was adopted in 2020 during the presidential counsel meeting, adding that this is the first club that particularly focused on the environment in West Africa.
Rtn Okon stated that the core mandate has made it become the first in West Africa and first in Nigeria, noting that this same core mandate was first adopted in Kenya, thereby making the Port Harcourt Eco District 4191s core mandate, second in Africa.
She noted that high level of soot was one of their major reasons and concern to focus on the environment, adding that the club has just unveiled the campaign against soot.
The charter president revealed that the club has also started the ‘Safe The Mangrove Campaign,’ which they are targeting to plant 50,000 mangrove trees by June 2022 when this rotary year would end.
She further revealed more activities they intend to embark on to include carrying out tree planting saying: “All these are necessary because these trees are important in absorbing carbon dioxide from the air and also helps in the restoration of the eco-system.”
“You would agree with me that this year’s World Environment-Day has the theme: ‘Eco-System restoration’, while World Earth-Day has the theme: ‘Restore Our Earth,’ so if we look at keying into those United Nations themes, it is better to take actions that would contribute to restoration of the environment, that is why we have decided to do tree and mangrove planting,” she added.
She explained that there got to be awareness creation, which they can only achieve through conferences, policy dialogue and engagement with environmental justice groups, adding that all these would contribute to taking actions to restore the environment.
“Many of us in the club are people, who have been very passionate about the environment in the Niger Delta, a lot of us are environment justice campaigners even those that are government officials are people, who have held offices in the area of environment, so we are all committed to the process.
“We have already started schools campaign and the production of pamphlets on climate literacy, so between now and June 2022 this club is going to be all over the place, building partnership with government agencies, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) as well as with individuals interested in promoting environmental protection and conservation,”the charter president added.
On her part, the Assistant Governor, Zone 4 2021-2022, District 9141, Rtn Nkiru Enyia, stated that the Charter President, Rtn. Emem Bridget Okon, was fully prepared to lead the club towards achieving its call mandate.
Enyia congratulated her and prayed God to grant her the needed wisdom to do exploits in the task ahead of her.

By: Susan Serekara-Nwikhana

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Int’l Day Of Peace: Banigo Calls For Peaceful Lifestyle

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The Rivers State Deputy Governor, Dr Ipalibo Harry Banigo, has reiterated the need for all residents in the state to live peacefully with their neighbours in order to attract more developmental projects to all nooks and crannies of the state.
Banigo reiterated this in her goodwill message from the Government House in Port Harcourt, last Monday, to commemorate the year 2021 International Day of Peace.
According to the deputy governor, “Progress and development cannot thrive in an atmosphere of bitterness and rancour it, therefore, behoves on all residents to keep the peace at all times to fast track the development agenda of the Governor Wike-led administration.”
Banigo, who disclosed that since the advent of the Governor Nyesom Wike-led administration issues of communal clashes occasioned by land boundary disputes had reduced to the barest minimum, noting that the Rivers State Boundary Commission under her watch as chairman had received the necessary encouragement to adjudicate on land boundary disagreements which have engendered peace in communities.
While wishing the Rivers people a happy International Peace Day celebration, the deputy governor stressed that there was no substitute for peace.
It would be recalled that the 21st of September is celebrated worldwide as the International Day of Peace.
The theme for this year is, “Recovering Better for an Equitable and Sustainable World.”

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