Governor Ifeanyi Okowa on Friday inaugurated the 2,000 seating capacity ecumenical centre for the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) built by the Delta State Government in Asaba.
Speaking at the ceremony, Okowa described the Delta State Christian Centre, as a symbol of unity for the church of Christ in the state.
He charged Christians to remain prayerful so that the glory of God would continue to manifest in their lives, the state and the nation at large.
He noted that Delta was a Christians state, reiterating that the church must stay prayerful to ensure that the glory of God continues to manifest upon the people and the state.
The governor expressed appreciation to religious leaders in the state for the support they gave to his administration in the last eight years, adding that they should extend the same support and prayer to the incoming administration of Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori.
“This state is a Christians state no doubt. We must stay prayerful, the church must stay prayerful to ensure that the glory of God continues to manifest upon us as a people and as a state.
“I must appreciate all our fathers of faith for the support that you have given to this administration in the last eight years and pray that you extend this same support and your prayer to the incoming administration of Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori,” he said.
Speaking on the CAN Secretariat Complex, the outgoing governor noted that it was important for Christians in the state to have a place where they could meet, a place where they could call their own and a place that would truly unite them.
“It is important that we have a place for our Christians to gather, a place they can call their own and a place that unites them.
“I know that we are all Christians but there are various blocs but this (the Secretariat) is the symbol of unity of the church of Christ. And we thank God for the successful execution of this project,” Okowa stated.
He, therefore, congratulated the Ministry of Housing; the Consultant, Contemporary Design Associates and the contractor, North China Construction Company for eventually and successfully delivering the project.
“I want to thank the Christians Association of Nigeria, Delta State Branch, for thinking about this Christians Centre.
“Actually, l recalled even as the Chairman of CAN did say that faithful day and l saw the rush to go into the 250 capacity secretariat then.
“It was not a sight to behold and l thank God that we took that decision and l want to thank members of the state Exco who supported this decision for us to build a Christians Centre.
“Looking from the outside, it gives us a lot of satisfaction and l thank God for North China because, it is obvious that they are good at construction.
“That same company built the modern state secretariat that we have and it was what l saw them doing when they were building the state secretariat that made me nominate them because we want the best truly for the Christians Centre. So, we thank God for what we have today,” he stated.
In his remarks, the Commissioner for Housing, Chief Festus Ochonogor said the project which is a two storey building was approved in March, 2019, adding that the secretariat complex has 2,000 capacity auditorium with mezzanine suspended floor, conference room, Chairman’s office, dressing areas, sound and studio room, offices, conveniences, generator, generator house, gate house and other auxiliary facilities.
He said the commitment of the state government to the actualisation of the project showed the importance of the association to the administration of Senator Ifeanyi Okowa.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Delta State Chairman of CAN, Senior Apostle Sylvester Okorote, expressed appreciation to God for what He had done in the state, even as he thanked Governor Okowa for finishing the CAN secretariat complex.
According to Okorote who gave a historical background of the project, the edifice was solely executed by state government without any bloc of CAN contributing a dime to the project
During an interdenominational service held at the auditorium of the secretariat complex shortly after its inauguration, the governor took the only bible reading taken from second Chronicles, Chapter 7, verses 11 to 18.
Special prayers were offered for the governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa; the governor-elect, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori and the state at the well attended ceremony.