Akwa Ibomstate Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel has given conditions for those jostling to serve in his second term’s cabinet, saying such applicant must possess capacity and show a proof of investments in any form of Agriculture in line with his wealth and food creation agenda.
In a church service yesterday, at Full Life Christian Center, Uyo Governor 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 so, before you get an appointment, you must show us your farm, because I am leading by example.”
The 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.”
He urged churches to preach hardwork and not prosperity which according to him, the days of manna were over let everyone work out the process to sustainable wealth.
“Present economic situation in the country requires everyone to evolve tangible and sustainable development efforts to change the narrative”, Governor Emmanuel stressed.
Preaching on the theme “Pursue Gain with Godliness”, from 1Timothy 6:5-10, Rev. Ntia Ntia, the Senior Pastor emphasized the need for legitimate ventures as a prelude to wealth.
The Cleric noted that the society and the Nation have 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.