Cleric urges heartfelt service to humanity for peace 

Eme Offiong, Calabar

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Nigerians have been urged to render heartfelt service to others as a means of fostering peace, unity and love.

Alex Nkoro, the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Calabar Nigeria Stake in Cross River State, made the call when he led some members of the organization on community service to three organizations in Calabar.

Nkoro, who described the community service oriented exercise as ‘All Africa Service Project’ indicated that Voice of Nigeria South-South Zonal Office, Calabar, Cross River State was chosen for its annual activity due to its immense contribution to information dissemination in across continents.

According to him: “We, the church, have been rendering services like these for several years across in the entire West African sub-region. We carry out our service projects on every 17th of August every year.”

Emulate Christ

The Stake President explained that the essence of embarking on annual projects to organizations and agencies was in adherence to the teachings of Jesus Christ, who during his lifetime, rendered heartfelt service to people.

Nkoro stated: “We do this because we are taught that Jesus Christ went about doing good. So, as his servants, we should emulate him and be like the saviour, who went about doing good. This drives us to see how we could serve humanity; see how we could assist our fellow men.”

“We know that when we are in service of our fellow men, we are really in service of God. And so, for this year, we felt it was very important for us to reach out to Voice of Nigeria, an organization that is saddled with the responsibility of taking information to everyone across the globe.”

The Stake President, who commended VON for its service to Nigerians across West Africa, noted: “Information is key, it is power. As we sit in our homes, we listen to the radio and get the information we need. That is why we are here.”

“We pray that we will be able to give our best. It is little, but we pray that what we have decided to do will go a long way to improve your productivity and make the staff happy,” stressed Nkoro.

Further emphasizing the need for people to assist others gain some level of happiness, he stated: “One of our aim is also to make people happy even as there is increased unhappiness in the world. So we hope that this project will go a long way to reach that expected goal.”

In a brief response, the Eme Offiong, the Bureau Chief of Voice of Nigeria south-south zonal office, Calabar, expressed appreciate to the church for selecting the media outfit as one of this year’s beneficiaries.

Offiong commended the church for spending its time, energy and funds to give the premises a face-lift, noting: “This gesture by your organisation is a welcome development. The staff and management of VON including those we share this premises with are very happy and we say Thank You for your service.”

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints cleared surrounding grassing and drainages as well as painted the fences and gates to the South-South zonal office.

The other two beneficiary organisations include the Federal Road Safety Corps and the Cross River Newspaper Corporation publishers of The Nigerian Chronicles.

 

Omolayo.A