Lutheran Church of Nigeria
One of the oldest and renounced churches in Akwa Ibom state, the Lutheran Church of Nigeria LCN is set to establish a cosmopolitan university near Uyo, in Akwa Ibom State.
To achieve this vision the church has been working round the clock to put the infrastructure in place in the site of the proposed university to enable the take-off of the university. Recently the church organized a fund launching to raise more funds towards building critical infrastructure for the proposed institution.
Speaking during the occasion, The Lutheran Church of Nigeria (LCN) reiterated its commitment to complementing the government’s efforts in educational advancement through the envisaged Lutheran University.
The national president/archbishop of the church, Most Rev Christian Ekong, who made the remark at the 2020 Synodical Convention/ fundraising of N50 million fourth Phase University Building Project in Obot Idim, Ibesikpo Asutan Local Government Area, Sunday, said this was imperative for sustainable development of the nation.
He observed that the church has hugely contributed to educational development in the country which includes: 80 primary schools taken over in the military era, the Lutheran High School, which once emerged best in entire West Africa, defunct Lutheran Teacher’s Training College, Ibakachi.
Most Rev Christian Ekong
Besides, he said the church which brought evangelism had immensely made an impact on the education and health sectors.
According to him, the schools had produced numerous doctors and professors as well as professionals in many fields.
The clergy maintained that the university project had taken off with the setting up of infrastructure but a lot still needed to be done such as the provision of senate building preparatory for the National University Commission (NUC) visit.
He called on well-placed persons to contribute their quota to the project as the university which was expected to be a metropolitan institution would give value to Akwa Ibom people and beyond in terms of manpower development.
Relying on the theme of the convention: Called By Christ To Bear Fruit, he charged Christians to in the new year bear fruits that would not only benefit themselves but others in the society.
He said while setting their hearts’ desires in the new year, Christians should assess themselves to see whether they are qualified by God and man to have the same.
Drawing an inference from Matt 3: 13- 17, Romans 6:23 and 7:4-7, the clergyman noted that Jesus Christ was baptized and eventually died for the sins of mankind; hence Christians who had also been baptized should not die in sin. Ekong also urged Christians to evaluate themselves to know whether they were qualified for God’s favour.
He pointed out that God does not look to see if one is qualified or not but the world continues to evaluate one’s way of life, even as he reminded Christians to die into eternity than hell as the former would be blissful and the latter painful.
He professed that in this new year God will continue to release His goodness, mercy, and prosperity to them, and advised that they should keep faith with God.
The member for Etinan Federal Constituency, Mr. Onofiok Luke, said the theme of the convention was apt and he was keying into it to return the germinated fruits to the church.
Luke, himself a former student of Lutheran High School, Obot Idim, said he had to give back the fruit he bore by returning to assist in his alma mater which he donated fund to in the recent Old Students get- together.
The lawmaker who served as chief launcher at the event stressed that he was particularly proud to be a product of Lutheran High School apart from the moral virtues inculcated in him.
He extolled the leadership of the church for investing in education with the establishment of a university.
Luke remarked that the concerted effort made by Gov Udom Emmanuel in education advancement would have a multiplier effect in human capital for the availability of manpower for Ibom Air and Ibom Deep Seaport.
Others who spoke and made donations were the commissioner of finance, Mr. Linus Nkan, member for Ibesikpo Asutan State Constituency in the Akwa Ibom House of Assembly (AKHA), Elder Aniekan Uko, the head of civil service, Elder Effiong Essien, who served as chairman, 2020 Convention Committee and representative of College of Permanent Secretaries.
The convention which lasted three days was attended by thousands of worshippers within and outside Nigeria.