No Discrimination In Appointments – Gov. Ahmed

No Discrimination In Appointments – Gov. AhmedThe Governor of Kwara State, Abdulfatah Ahmed has assured Christians in the state that he did not influence or impose appointees during the process of selecting members of his cabinet and other aides.

The Governor gave the assurance while receiving the National President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Samson ‘Supo Ayokunle.

He explained that the appointments were made at the local government level and each of the 16 local government areas in the state was given free hand to choose those who would represent them in his cabinet.

According to the Governor, “some politicians even came to me to influence their appointments and I asked them to go back to their local government”.

Ahmed, however, told his guests that the only appointments he made were those of his personal aides, adding that “as a government, we ensure that we are being guided by our avowed principle of transparency, equity, fairness and justice”.

Strength In Diversity

The Governor also called on Nigerians to stop politicizing serious national issues and dividing the country along religious lines.

He stressed the need for all citizens to be patriotic and stop heating up the polity unnecessarily.

“We have to see strength in our diversity by de-emphasising things that will divide us as a country but promote those things that unite us”.

On the issue of land, the Governor emphasized that land management process was critical to the development of any nation. He therefore, tasked government at all levels to create platform of accessing land in order to unlock hidden potentials and create wealth for the people.

He also informed the CAN leaders about his government’s programmes and policies, saying that the government was working round clock to optimally harness the state’s resources without bias or favour.

The CAN President had, earlier in his remarks, drawn the Governor’s attention to what he described as lopsidedness in some political appointments, claiming that Christians were not represented.

Rev. Ayokunle, however, also praised the state governor for his giant stride in the state.

He highlighted, particularly, the sustenance of peace and tranquility in the state, explaining that peaceful co-existence is critical to the development of any nation.

He advised governments at all levels to imbibe the principle of equity, justice and fairness in order to give everyone the sense of belonging.

Touching Lives

The CAN President, who is also the president of Nigeria Baptist Convention, told the Governor a bit about the Baptist Church in Nigeria.

According to him, the church had 15,000 churches across the country with about eight million members.

He added that he considered the Emmanuel Baptist Church, Ilorin to be among the 20 best churches in Nigeria.

Also speaking, the Pastor In Charge of Emmanuel Baptist Church, Sabo-Oke, Ilorin, Pastor Solomon Olawuyi James, said that they were at the government house to inform the Governor about the 50th anniversary of the church.

He told the Governor that the church had for five decades been committed to “preparing men for eternity with Christ and touching lives for global impact”.

He also enumerated some achievements of the church in the last 50 years, saying that the church also focuses on ministering to the total man by impacting their spirit, soul and body.

“By God’s grace we are touching lives, changing lives and raising champions to change the world”, he said.

Be Innovative In The Quest For Survival, CAN Tells Youths

CAN advises youths of Nigeria at Bowen UniversityThe President, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Reverend Samson Ayokunle, wants young graduates in Nigeria to change their thoughts and orientation towards the society, which he said had led to different ills.

Reverend Ayokunle made the observation in Iwo at the 11th convocation of Bowen University, in Osun State.

He asked the youths to stand firm for whatever was righteous.

The CAN President warned unemployed youths to jettison the idea of perceiving armed robbery and kidnapping as means of survival and rather be innovative, especially in this period of recession.

“Shun embezzlement, shun violence which some graduates are perpetrating in our society today. Do not join the gang of armed robbers or kidnappers in order to survive,” he cautioned.

He further told the youths to take a cue from the life of the Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, who has employed a number of people and has become a blessing to the whole world.

“You can make positive difference. Therefore, go out there and positively demonstrate that you are an elite group, a people to be respected anywhere, anytime,” he added.

The Chancellor of the University, Reverend Olimide Kehinde, enjoined graduates of the faith based institution to be different in terms of decorum, moderation, moral purity and excellence.

“Knowing full-well that many graduates today are not well versed in native intelligence. It becomes additional responsibility on us parents and guardians in the university setting to instill the consciousness that the products of faith based university must show difference in terms of decorum, moderation, moral purity and excellence,” he stressed.

First Set Of Medical Doctors 

While congratulating students, parents and guardians on the occasion, Reverend Kehinde advocated commitment to keeping the vision and mission of the university as headed by the Nigeria Baptist Convention.

The Vice Chancellor of Bowen University, Iwo, Professor Matthews Ojo, said the university was producing its first set of newly qualified medical doctors.

The Vice Chancellor told the gathering that apart from the 23 medical doctors, the university also produced 63 first class among over 1,000 graduates who received their certificates during the ceremony.

He said that 23 medical doctors would be inducted, highlighting that the university was happy with the competition of the training of its pioneer medical students.

The VC said: “It is an improvement to what is obtained from the previous 59 and 49 for 2003 and 2005 respectively”.

Professor Ojo stated that the university had continued to make its impact felt positively within its host communities, saying it was collaborating with the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, to make the road linking Iwo with Osogbo motorable.

He said, “The university has partnered the Oluwo of Iwo in the areas of rehabilitating the bad roads on the Iwo, Ede and Osogbo axis so as to make it become motorable. We are also sponsoring the Iwo Day, the Olupona Day and others. We also sprouted culverts in some of the communities around us”.

The Vice Chancellor commended the Federal Government for the recent licenses given to 10 private universities in Nigeria, describing it as a measure towards creating more access to university education in the country.

He said the capacities of the institutions in existence could not cater for the demands of over one million admission seekers, emphasising it was a right step in the right direction.

Clerics Commend INEC, Others For Peaceful Conduct Of Polls

election-Poll-updateClerics in Imo State under the aegis of Nigeria Baptist Convention has commended the Independent National Electoral commission (INEC) and security operatives, for the peaceful conduct of the March 28 and April 11 general elections.

Addressing a news conference in Owerri, the Imo State capital, on the state of the nation, the President of the Nigerian Baptist Convention, Dr. Samson Ayokunle, said the huge success of the 2015 polls have proved the world wrong on the issue that Nigeria would break up in the year 2015.

He noted that the conduct of the polls throughout the federation was coupled with the spirit of sportsmanship shown by the two frontrunners, President Goodluck Jonathan and President-Elect General Muhammadu Buhari.

Mr Ayokunle also urged INEC to ensure that the re-scheduled elections in Imo State and other states with similar issues should be conducted transparently and peacefully for the good of all Nigerians.

He also added that, this period, being the 102 annual session of the Nigeria Baptist Convention, they would endeavour to pray for peace and progress of the nation as well as the insecurity issue facing the country, especially insurgency in the North east.

He further urged INEC, security operatives, political leaders and other stakeholders to make sure that all complaints about electoral malpractices are well addressed.

He however added that the supplementary elections in Imo State and other parts of the country should be conducted transparently and peacefully for the good of all, in order to maintain the record of the March 28 and April 11 polls.