Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, has highlighted some of the requirements for appointments into his second term cabinet to include capacity and a proof of investments in any form of Agriculture in line with his wealth and food creation agenda.
In a worship service today Sunday, at Full Life Christian Center, Uyo, Mr Emmanuel said that if as a leader he owns a farm, none of his aides should have an excuse for not doing same.
“I have a personal banana farm in Ini Local Government Area which employs so many people, I am not sure if I have eaten a finger of it. So, before you get an appointment, you must show us your farm, because I am leading by example.”
The State Governor who was accompanied to the church by his Wife, Martha, identified capacity as an essential requirement for leadership, explaining that to achieve a greater purpose in life’s pursuit, diligence and commitments to assigned tasks are needed for experience and prosperity.
He urged parents not to encourage their wards to become indolent by giving them wealth without the requisite orientation either by education or apprenticeship to be able to manage the available resources.
“Jesus showed us the way when he commanded someone to give him two fish and five loaves of bread. So, he showed us that there should be a first point of contact before the blessing and miracle. So, everyone is involved including the Church in this mind renewal. We must work.”
The State Chief Executive urged churches to preach hardwork and not prosperity which according to him, the days of manna is over let everyone work out the process to sustainable wealth.
He said that the present economic situation in the country requires everyone to evolve a tangible sustainable development efforts to change the narrative.
The Governor thanked the Senior Pastor, Full life Christian Center, Rev. Ntia I. Ntia for blessing the church with the message of hardwork and not miracle money or sudden fortune without commensurate labour.
Preaching on the theme: Pursue Gain with Godliness, from 1 Timothy 6:5-10, the Senior Pastor emphasized the need for legitimate ventures as a prelude to wealth.
The Cleric noted that the society and the Nation has been plagued with wealth without honest or legitimate source and many consider it a blessing without considering the spiritual implications.
According to him, this Get Rich Quick Syndrome, has led many to doom and made corruption a way of life. He added that Work is the Panacea to harvest blessings.
Rev. Ntia said that Nigerians have over the years, celebrated wealth without questioning the source and urged all to refuse to be idle either in academics or material endeavors.
He recalled the patriarchs of old in the Bible who worked in their different locations to earn a living and posited that a man without work lacks status as such the time has come to celebrate hardwork and thanked the State Government for the Dakkada philosophy.
Prayers were offered for the leadership of the State, members of the First Family, and the Nation.