To many whose curiosity still lingers as to the steady growth of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Akwa Ibom state chapter, the body has disclosed that divine benevolence coupled with collective support of the five blocs that make up the association are major reasons for its countless successes. This was made known by the State Chairman, Rev. Dr. Ndueso Ekwere, while exchanging views with our reporter, recently.
Rev. Ekwere, who maintained that CAN is a family, pointed out that it is always interfacing with the various blocs with a view to chart a course for common interest, noting that so far, all meetings have been fruitful in furtherance of the gospel of Christ.
He said, “God has always been our anchor. And so, with the wonderful support and cooperation of the five blocs in CAN, we are able to record success in various ways. The success of our administration’s first anniversary for instance, bears testimony to collective support. In fact, there is nothing we could plan as a body that we do not seek the participation of these blocs because we are a family bounded by God’s love”.
It would be recalled that during the just concluded First Anniversary Thanksgiving of the present administration of CAN, held at United Evangelical Church, Nung Ikot Itam, the five blocs (Christian Council of Nigeria, CCN; Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, CSN; Christian Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria/Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, CPFN/PFN; Organisation of African Instituted Churches, OAIC; and TEKAN/ECWA) were fully represented at the event. This development, observers affirm, is an indication of unity, progress and growth existing in the body.
The state chairman however, stated “we are progressing in CAN today, not just because we have so much but because there is dignity in our operation, there is focus in our administration and there is service at the centre of our mandate. With these, we are already poised to make a difference”.
Meanwhile, in acknowledgement and support of the sterling strides recorded in the present CAN administration, the PFN unit led by Rev. Dr. Sylvanus Ukafia, converged at the association’s office on Monday, with a large attendance of exco members and other officials.
The visit, which was accompanied by the Special Assistant to the Governor on Religious Affairs, Rev. Daniel Akwatang, also sought to strengthen measures towards repositioning the association, in order to arraign greater heights in Akwa Ibom state and beyond. They expressed confidence that with the zeal, commitment and passion been exhibited by the present leadership, the future of CAN shall blossom.
The meeting witnessed the presence of the State CAN Chairman, Rev. Dr. Ndueso Ekwere; ViceChairman, Bishop Dr. Imoh Otong; Secretary, Bishop Dr. Emmanuel Ebitu; S.A, Religious Affairs, Rev. Daniel Akwatang; PFN Chairman, Rev. Sylvanus Ukafia; PFN Secretary, Bishop Emmanuel Etim; PFN Women Coordinator, Rev. Mrs. Angela Ashong, among others.