By; AMOS TAUNA, Kaduna
Nigeria Catholic Diocesan Priests’ Association Kaduna Province is to host this year’s national Annual General Meeting.
Delegates from the Arch/dioceses across the 36 states of the Federation and the FCT are expected to be in attendance in the meeting.
Fr Williams Kaura Abba, Provincial Chairman of the national Annual General Meeting in a statement said the meeting will commence from 17th to 21st June 2019 at Catholic Social Centre, Independence Way, Kaduna
The meeting, according to the statement has the theme, “The Imperative of Good Governance for a Secure and Prosperous Nation”.
Fr Williams Kaura Abba said the opening Mass would take place on 18th June 2019 at Our Lady’s Parish, Independence Way, Kaduna, adding that it would be presided by the Metropolitan and Archbishop of Kaduna, Most Rev. Matthew Man’Oso Ndagoso.
According to the programme, the opening ceremonies are billed to take place at the Multi-purpose Hall of the Catholic Social Centre after the opening Mass.
It said Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El Rufai is expected to deliver a goodwill message to the delegates to be attended by Priests, Religious, the Laity, Traditional Rulers, the Political Class, Journalists and all men and Women of goodwill.
It said the Association seeks to, amongst others; foster unity and fraternity among diocesan Priests in Nigeria; facilitate mutual understanding, co-operation and trust among members; to work in close collaboration with the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria in the overall interest of the Church; to sustain and promote healthy and fruitful priestly life and ministry; to promote the Church’s effort in promoting dialogue, as well as contribute to social and ethical development of all.
“This is what members of the Association, in the next coming days will commit themselves to discussing, while charting a new cause for efficiency and enhanced commitment in the service to God and humanity.
“There will be three (3) academic papers. The lead paper will be presented by Joseph Nashakyaa. He is a Lecturer with the Nigeria Institute of Transport Technology, Zaria. He will be talking on the imperative of good governance for a secure and prosperous nation. He will be examining the relationship between good governance, security and prosperity. The second Paper will be presented by Fr Emmanuel Kazah Faweh, PhD. He will be talking on the role of Pastoral Agents in entrenching good governance for peace and justice. Dr Innocent Okpe, Consultant Endocrinologist and Physician will be talking on Diabetes: Result of Freedom without moderation.
“The Association shall hold a business meeting on Thursday 20th June. At this meeting, activities of the Association will form the basis for discussion while diocesan chapters of the association will also present progress report.
“The closing Mass will be said by Most Rev. John Niyiring, OSA, Catholic Bishop of Kano at St Mathew’s Catholic Church television by 5pm. The communique of the five-day meeting will be presented to the general public at the closing Mass. There will be gala night same evening at the Catholic Social Center,” the statement explained.