Monday, October 8, 2012

Methodist Church Restates Commitment To Nation’s Development


THE Methodist Church Nigeria will not rest on its oars in assisting the country to achieve its goals and aspirations, says Prelate of the Church, His Eminence Dr. Sunday Ola Makinde.

At a media briefing on 170 years of Methodism in Nigeria and 50 years of the Church’s autonomy, held at the Cathedral of Unity, Wuse Zone 3, Abuja, recently, Makinde said: “As a Church, we are not prepared to close our eyes to the nation’s ills. We are not prepared to keep quiet and watch the ship of State sink. Rather, we are committed, more than ever, to join forces with progressive elements in the land at ensuring that we have a safe landing.”

The Prelate noted: “One of the clear evidence of this commitment is found in our foray into the area of science and technology with the setting up of the Wesley University of Science and Technology, in Ondo town, where we are partnering with government to build capacity in many young minds. We believe that technological advancement is the future and that Nigeria cannot afford to be left behind.”

A dinner, organised, last Thursday, by the Church to celebrate the anniversary, had featured attendance by eminent Nigerians. Among these was the Special Guest of Honour, President Jonathan (represented by the Minister for Niger Delta, Mr. Godsday Orubebe). Also in attendance were Generals Yakubu Gowon and Theophilus Danjuma; Governor Peter Obi; his Akwa Ibom State counterpart, Godswill Akpabio (represented by his deputy), and the Minister for Science and Technology, Prof. Ita Okon Bassey Ewa.

Author of this article: By Femi Alabi Onikeku

Flood: 53,000 displaced, 11 communities submerged in Delta: BY FESTUS AHON

UGHELLI – NO fewer than 53,000 residents of 11 communities in Patani Local Government Area of Delta State, have been rendered homeless following the flooding of their homes as a result of the overflow of the River Niger. Their farmlands were also submerged.
Ivrogbor, Umeh, Uzere, Ehwen, Edherie and Igbide, in Isoko South Local Government Area of the state had also been submerged by the flood, rendering over 1,000 homeless. Motorists plying the East-West Road were, weekend, stranded at Umeh Junction of the road, which was submerged by the flood.

Our correspondent who visited the area, yesterday, noted that Patani, Abare, Torou-Angiama, Aven, Koloware, Ogor, Adobor, Bulu-Angiama, Uduophori, Ogolomo and Amatebe with a population of over 60,000 were being deserted. Odorubu and Ebresegha were the only two communities spared out of the 13 communities in Patani Council.

Most mud houses and some brick structures in the affected communities were destroyed. Transporters plying the Patani/Ughelli route had a field day as they hiked transport fare from Patani to Ughelli. Farmers were seen with their families in canoes harvesting their premature farm produce.
Former Delta State Commissioner for Lands, Survey and Urban Development, Mr. Raymos Guanah, whose house in Patani was also submerged, expressed worry, lamenting that the entire council had been submerged save for two communities.

Guanah at the palace of the Pere of Kabowei Kingdom, HRH L. M. Erebulu, said he, Dr. Chris Ekiyor, Mr. Brave Enode, and Mr. Dogubo Mologe, whose houses were also submerged, had built a temporary camp at the Patani/Uzere Road that is still under construction, to accommodate displaced persons.

Source: www.vanguardngr.com

It Couldn't be Done - Edgar Guest

Somebody said that it couldn't be done,
But, he with a chuckle replied
That "maybe it couldn't" but he would be one
Who wouldn't say so till he'd tried.

So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin
On his face. If he worried he hid it.
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn't be done, as he did it.

Somebody scoffed: "Oh, you'll never do that;
At least no one we know has done it";
But he took off his coat and he took off his hat,
And the first thing we knew he'd begun it.

With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,
Without any doubting or quiddit,
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn't be done, and he did it.

There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,
There are thousands to prophesy failure;
There are thousands to point out to you, one by one,
The dangers that wait to assail you.

But just buckle right in with a bit of a grin,
Just take off your coat and go to it;
Just start to sing as you tackle the thing
That cannot be done, and you'll do it

Source: www.whitedovebooks.co.uk

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