Make people’s welfare priority, Gana, Aruakpor, tell Government, Christian leaders
The former Minister of Information and Culture, Professor Jerry Gana, has said that for a nation to be transformed, the people’s mindset must first be renewed. Gana, who spoke in Delta State at the second session of the sixth synod of the Diocese of Oleh, on the theme: “The Role of the Church, Traditional Institutions and Community Leaders in Nation Building,” noted that for resources to make meaningful impact on a community, the people must be transformed or else the untransformed people would destroy what has been built.
Commenting on the role of the church in nation building, Gana said the church must evangelise and see to the general welfare of the people just as Jesus Christ did.
He enjoined traditional rulers and community leaders to organise and unite the people to create an enabling environment for efficient and effective nation building just like Nehemiah did.
While referring to early missionaries’ work in Nigeria, the former minister said many people would never have been educated, if not for them. He urged the church to provide good leadership and impart knowledge to the citizens.
On the activities of Fulani herdsmen, the guest lecturer said: “To tackle the havoc being wreaked by Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria, which border on incessant killings of farmers and innocent people, ranches should be built so that there will be no migration of the herdsmen to other parts of the country.”
President of the synod and Bishop of Oleh Diocese, Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Rt. Revd. John Aruakpor, while speaking on the theme: “Made Salt and Light to Build and Transform Nations” taken from Matthew 5:13-16, which held at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Uzere in Isoko South Local Council of Delta State, said leaders in the nation should aim at first transforming the people before transforming the resources of the nation.
“Christians should be the forces of transformation in the nation,” the Bishop noted, stressing that Christians are not sugar, but salt of the earth. Hence, they should speak up, when things are not going well in the country.
He urged Christians to always promote peace and ensure that the country progresses. He said, “to create jobs, alleviate poverty and hunger, the diocese will start a farming scheme for its members and the immediate community.”
On the hike of fuel price, Bishop Aruakpor said: “It is high time government took the bull by its horns on the issue of total deregulation. It should fix the refineries and ensure that the PMS is made available to all.”