- Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state played host to some Christian leaders and made the promise to them
- The governor declared Rivers as a pure Christian state to justify the promise he made to the religious leaders
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers has declared that the state government would establish a Trust Fund for Christian activities in the state.
Wike made the pledge on Monday, April 10, 2017 when some leaders in Pentecostal churches in the state paid him a courtesy visit in Port Harcourt.
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The governor also reportedly said that a board of trustee would be set up to monitor and manage the funds accruing from the trust fund, to ensure effective and prudent management.
According to the report, the governor said it was pertinent for the state to have such fund to cater for the challenges of pastors and other men of God.
He said: “I will continue to do what I am doing for Christians and the Church. You should be hopeful in what God could do for the state.”
While promising to support all Christian activities, Wike urged the Christian leaders to continue to pray for the success of the government and survival of the state adding that with prayers, detractors would run away from the state.
Wike lauded the church for its prayers for the survival of both the state and the government adding that he would complete the Ecumenical Centre and deliver it to the Christian-fold in May this year.
He said: “We have resolved to set a Trust Fund for Christians in the state. This trust fund will cater mainly for clerics, especially those who are distressed, but lack resources to cater for their needs.
“Since Rivers state is purely a Christian state, we must show that we are truly a Christian State. The Ecumenical Centre we are building will be commissioned in May. The Government House chapel has also been completed”.
In his remark, the leader of the group, John Praise, said he and other members of the group came to identify with the governor on what he was doing for Rivers people.
He added that the group was with the governor to pray for the success of his administration.
Mr Praise, who was represented by Goddy Okafor, one of the leaders, said the visit was also to ensure that churches in Rivers synergised with the state government.
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Another prominent Pentecostal leader, Zilly Agrrey, lauded the governor for the construction of the Ecumenical Centre and sponsorship of Christian pilgrimage to Israel.
He also commended him for maintaining cordial relationship with Christians, setting up of a Christian Welfare Board as well as sponsoring Christian carols in the state.
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