The Evangelical Reformed Church of Christ (ERCC) said on Monday that the church would establish a university in Nasarawa State as part of its contribution to the development of education sector and the country at large.
Dr Jerry Madibo, the ERCC President nationwide, made this known during a press conference marking the centenary celebration (100 years) of the church at ERCC Secretariat, Akwanga, Akwanga local government area of the state.
He said that the establishment of the university is to provide quality education to the future generation and employment opportunities to the country’s unemployed youths so as to improve on their standard of living.
“This press conference is one of the several activities lined up to celebrate the centenary of our church. ERCC is one hundred years old in existence established in 1916 with the mission of evangelise those who were still in the grip of sin, people who were traditional idols and ancestral worshipers.
“It is certainly not in our character to begin to reel out what some people may consider as achievements, we only have what God has used ERCC to accomplish in the last 100 years.
“Apart from spiritual welfare of the people, the church has contributed a lot in the areas of education, health, agriculture, women and widow empowerment, among others.
“ERCC has over 45 primary schools, over 12 secondary schools, nine tertiary institutions and a vocational training institute for women and widows, clinics across the state, among others, and has also contributed a lot in the area of employment to teeming citizens.
“Plans are on top gear to establish ERCC university in Nasarawa State as the proposed university Committee that will work out the feasibility and modalities of the university will be inaugurated on Nov. 19, 2016, at our Secretariat in Akwanga,” he said.
He also revealed that during the centenary celebration, the church would honour 50 Nigerians, including members of the church who have contributed immensely to the development of the church, humanity and society at large.
Madibo restated the continued commitment of the church to preach peace and peaceful co-existence among the people of the diverse groups for the overall development of the country.
He also appealed to governments at all levels to listen to the outcry of Nigerians and change its economic policies to accommodate the masses so as to improve on their socio-economic wellbeing.
“We still wish to appeal to Nasarawa State Government where our church headquarters is domiciled to come to terms with the low morale of the civil servants in the state following downward review in their salaries,’’ Madibo said.
He commended Arthur Judd from South Africa for establishing the church in Nigeria, adding that he would be continued to be remembered by the church at all the time.
Blackface News reports that the news conference was attended by religious leaders from across and outside the country to witness the centenary celebration.
ERCC has lined up 10 consecutive days for the centenary celebration.