CAN Gets Additional N100m Micro-Credit Loan

BY AUSTINE ETAGHENE

ENCOURAGED by the prudent management of the N50 million Micro-credit loan given by the Delta State Government to the state council of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) for the empowerment of its members, Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan has announced an additional N100 million micro-credit facility to the body.

Also an additional 100 slots has been approved by the governor to bring the number of Christian pilgrimage slots reserved for CAN to 150.

Governor Uduaghan who made these pronouncements   during the inauguration of the newly elected executive council members of the state  chapter of CAN in Asaba yesterday, said the gestures is in appreciation of the support of Christians for his administrations.

He also explained that the gesture informed the appointment of a Catholic Priest as Chairman of the State Scholarship Board, adding that “Christian’s worked hard to ensure that I become governor, so  I have no apology asking them to nominate people into government”.

The governor who recalled the role CAN played in return of peace to the state, admonished  Deltans to be conscious of ethnic hatred and pray against it.

Citing the example of Rwanda where ethnic hatred led to a genocide that claimed over two million lives in a country of 11 million people,  Uduaghan said  “let us be mindful of what we say, who we are saying it to and where we are saying it.”

Speaking after administering  the relevant oath on the new Delta State CAN chairman, Rev. Gideon Oyibo, and members of his Executive,  South-South Chairman of CAN, Apostle Geofrey Numbere, urged them to improve on the achievements of the out-gone Executive, led by Archbishop God-Do-well  Avwomakpa.

Numbere  advised the CAN leadership in the state to maintain their dignity with society and relate with government just as he reminded CAN that their first responsibility is to win Souls for Christ. He reminded those saddled with leadership to emulate biblical leaders by consulting God through the church before taking critical decisions.

In his acceptance speech,  Rev. Gideon Oyibo, thanked the national and South-South Executive Councils of CAN  for ensuring a transparent election which culminated in his emergence as CAN chairman in the State.

While promising that the body will not fail God or man in the discharge of its duties, Rev. Oyibo who is the National Secretary of the Nigeria Baptist convention, urged Christians to look beyond their  different denominations and focus on God.

He used the occasion to congratulate his predecessor for his achievements as Delta CAN chairman and promised to introduce new innovations for the betterment of the fold.