Governor Seriake Dickson has again identified the important role of the Church in Nation building and urged church leaders to continue to pray ceaselessly for the peace and stability of the country.
The Governor, who was speaking when the General Overseer and presiding Bishop of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM) , Dr.
Mike Okonkwo visited him at Government House, Yenagoa. He expressed appreciation to the TREM Bishop for his dedicated service to God and humanity as well as sacrifices and contributions to the growth of the state.
Hon. Dickson noted that the present administration came into office at a very challenging period in the history of the state and because of the strong belief and conviction in God to lead the State, it has continued to record successes in all aspects of the State’s economy.
The Governor eulogized the leadership quality of the visiting Bishop, describing him as one of the most important pillars of Christianity in the country, adding that he has contributed so much through prayers to the sustenance of the nation’s democracy.
“You are clearly one of the best and we are delighted to have you in our midst. I feel personally honoured that we are interacting. Somebody I have been listening to and only been seeing from afar and reading about, so I feel most honoured with members of my government interacting with you at close quarters”.
He extended invitation to the TREM General Overseer for future Thanksgiving Day service in the state.
Earlier in his remarks, General Overseer and Bishop of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM), Dr. Mike Okonkwo had commended the efforts of the Bayelsa State Governor at transforming the state to actualize the dreams of its founding fathers.
“A lot of things have taken place here, considering the terrain of the area. I must commend the efforts of this Government and I believe God who has taken you this far, will also take you farther than you expect.”
Noting that the Church and Government are partners in Nation building, Dr. Okonkwo said, to achieve God’s divine purpose for any state or nation, everyone’s hand must be on board.
Commenting on the Church’s Annual Thanksgiving Day in the state, the TREM General Overseer noted that any person in position of authority that recognizes God, automatically sets himself on the path to success.
He commended Governor Dickson for finding time to host him and other Church leaders on his entourage.
He explained that he is in the State to dedicate the TREM auditorium as well as meet with Christian leaders and encourage them to do more in the service to God and humanity.
Bishop Mike Okonkwo, who is a one-time President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) used the occasion to offer special prayers for Governor Seriake Dickson and the State.