The House On The Rock Church, in partnership with Army of David, The Heritable Foundation Partners 2022 Widows Outreach, has empowered 200 widows drawn from its surroundering communities with total starter packs valued at about N14 million.
The Director, Army of David, The House On The Rock Church, Mr Mike Olumide Johnson, said this at the empowerment programme in the church premises in Port Harcourt at the weekend.
Noting that all the widows will go home with at least an item, while others will go home with extra items via a raffle draw, Johnson said the items for the raffle draw, which include a mini bus, is aimed at improving the livelihood of the people.
“Over the years, we realised that woman like to do something. That is why we want to empower them, to keep them busy. It does not require much skills, so they can manage it”, he said.
The Pastor-in-Charge of Army of David, House on the Rock, Uche Onochie, said the gesture was in line with obedience to directives of the scriptures in the Bible which said widows are to be cared for.
“We don’t let them go. We have their data, we move from one community to the other. We also move from Local Government to Local Government. We take them to Christ not to church. We encourage them to go to Bible believing Churches. They are also free to be our members, if they wish”, he said.
The Senior Pastor of the Church, Lanre Oluseye, charged the people on the need to give back to the society via charity works.
He challenged others who are yet to embark on similar projects to look inward and reach out to other vulnerable people in the society to assist.
Describing Nigerians as the most resilient people on earth, he noted that since the country is where he is a First Class citizen, it will be of no benefit to believe in other countries where he will be addressed as a Second Class citizen.
One of the beneficiaries of the scheme, Mrs Victoria Monday, cautioned the beneficiaries against reselling of the items, saying they should “put it to proper use.”
By: King Onunwor
LG Boss Lauds Traditional Institutions On Peace Sustainability
The Chairman, Okrika Local Government Council, Hon. Akuro Tobin, has demonstrated his respect for traditional institution in Okrika as the traditional rulers in the area were hosted to a special luncheon at the council, yesterday.
The council boss commended the traditional institutions in the area for promoting peace in their various communities and urged them to sustain the tempo especially as the general elections draw nearer.
Akuro also solicited the cooperation and understanding of the traditional rulers towards the council’s developmental drive.
In a remark, the traditional rulers assured the chairman of the sustainability of the existing peace and tranquility and promised to support his administration.
The traditional rulers in attendance include His Royal Majesty, King E.T.I Obudibo, Amayanabo of ancient Ogoloma kingdom; His Royal Majesty, King Amb. Dr. Michael Ateke Tom JP, Amayanabo of ancient Okochiri kingdom and Sekuro of Niger Delta, and His Royal Majesty, King Air Commodore T.E.O. Ogube (Rtd.), Amayanabo of Kirike Town.
By: Wokoma Emmanuel & Michael Abraham
NUC Tasks IAUE On Establishment Of Mass Comm Dept
The National Universities Commission (NUC) accreditation team has advised Ignatius Ajuru University of Education (IAUE) to establish a full-fledged Department of Mass Communication.
Speaking during an exit meeting on Tuesday, at the Council Chambers, the team leader for the Department of English and Communication Art, Professor Saleh Abdu, noted that the establishment of the Mass Communication Department would provide opportunity for the many students yearning for it to become specialists in that field.
He expressed appreciation to the University’s Management for grooming graduates who are competent in their career pursuit and appealed to the Department to make the e-library more accessible to students.
Professor Abdu described as unethical the situation where students write their names on examination scripts and emphasized that only matriculation numbers should be allowed on examination scripts.
The Professor from the University of Kashere thanked the Vice Chancellor for conference sponsorship for teaching staff, saying that such staff development drive should also be extended to the non-teaching staff.
In his response, the Acting Vice Chancellor of IAUE, Professor Okechuku Onuchuku, who was represented by the Acting Registrar, Mr Donald Okogbaa, said the setting up of the NUC is the best gift bequeathed to the Nigerian Universities.
He expressed gratitude to the accreditation team for their observations and assured that machineries would be put in place to ensure that all recommendations and suggestions made are strictly adhered to.
By: Sogbeba Dokubo
‘See BSN As Integral Part Of Church’
The Church of Christ has been called upon to see the Bible Society of Nigeria (BSN) as an integral part to advance the kingdom of God on Earth.
Chairman of the BSN, Rivers/Bayelsa Area, Elder Omoni Ayo-Tamuno, BSN-SPM made the call while addressing members of the Saint Silas Christ Army Church of Nigeria, Ibuluya Ama, in Okrika Local Government Area, as part of the 2022 Bible Week Celebration.
He explained that the call became imperative and crucial in view of the near lack of interest and lookwarm attitude of some clergy men towards the Society.
According to him, BSN was established primarily to fill the gap of translating the Written Word of God from English to various Nigerian Languages.
He disclosed that the Society had so far translated 27 Nigerian languages out of the over 500 languages spoken in Nigeria into full Bible.
Elder Ayo-Tamuno further said of the 500 languages apart from the 27 fully translated, 63 New Testament languages have been translated, while 98 portions of the Scriptures are in other Nigerian languages.
He said more than 13 translation projects are now on-going in various Nigerian languages, adding that within the Area, which include Bayelsa and Rivers States, three translations are on-going in Ogbia, Epie and Eleme.
“It’s, therefore, very important and expedient for the Clergy to support the Society, bearing in mind that no Clergy can function without the Word of God”, he said.
He used the opportunity to commend the Church for their support to the Okrika Auxiliary, and stressed the need for members to register as Special Members.
Later in his response, the Vicar in charge of the Church, the Venerable Lee Jen Akwabala, thanked the Society for the visit and assured that he would upgrade his membership to the Special Membership Cadre.
Venerable Akwabala promised that four members of the Church would register as Special Members and praised the Society for the gift of free New Testament Bibles, adding that the Bibles would assist in the missionary activities of the Church.
By: Soibi Max-Alalibo
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