By Sunday Iduh
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has lauded the positive contributions of the NKST Church in the health and education sectors.
“Aside from preaching of the gospel, the NKST Church has also carried out tremendous social services in the health and education sectors. This has added value to the state,” he said.
The governor stated this Tuesday during the NKST Church Synod at Mkar in Gboko Local Government Area of the state.
He explained that the impact of the Church in evangelism and social services has brought joy to the people.
The governor, who disclosed that he was leading the state at a very difficult moment, pointed out that, despite the challenges, he has maintained his stand and would not be cowed in demanding for justice for the people.
Governor Ortom, who acknowledged his long standing relationship with the church, expressed appreciation to them for their prayers, in the midst of challenges and solicited their continued support, stressing that he will not be part of anything that jettison Christianity.
“Christianity remains my immediate constituency and I will not allow anything to jeopardize our interest as in the next 2023 general elections,” he maintained.
He requested for prayers to enable him succeed in his aspiration to represent Benue North-West Senatorial District at the National Assembly in the 2023 elections.
The governor also appealed to the Synod to pray and support Titus Uba to enable him take over as the next Governor. He said, “Uba has effectively piloted the affairs of the state Assembly and enacted people oriented laws. He has the character and will power to sustain the quest for the protection of lives and property of the people of Benue.”
Governor Ortom announced a donation of 30 million naira to support the NKST Church in the execution of its secretariat auditorium in Mkar and the Campground projects at Amaafu, Katsina-Ala Local Government Area.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) deputy governorship candidate, John Ngbede, in a brief remark on behalf of his PDP governorship candidate, Uba appealed for the support of the church to emerge victorious at the polls. He gave assurances that they will continue to partner with the church.
Earlier, in a welcome address, the President of NKST Synod, Rev Dominic Anza, lauded the governor for standing firm in the protection of lives and property of his people. He acknowledged the governor’s support to the church and particularly thanked him for his sustained support to the NKST Church.
Rev Anza disclosed that the NKST Church was in support of Governor Ortom’s efforts in the protection and transformation of the state. He prayed for God’s protection and fulfilment of the governor’s aspirations.