CALABAR – The Cross River Government has concluded plans to restructure the Missionaries’ Cemetery to boost tourism in the State. Gov. Liyel Imoke announced this at the 21st General Assembly to mark 168 years of existence of the Presbyterian Church of Nigeria (PCN). Imoke, represented by Mr Eyo Okpo-Ene, his Special Adviser on Religious Matters, said the restructuring is in recognition of their stewardship having spent their lives inculcating Christian values in Nigeria.
“The Cross River government, in liaison with the PCN, is restructuring the missionaries cemetery located at Creek Town in Odukpani Local Government Area of the state to meet its tourism initiative. “In line with current repositioning of our heritage, culture and religious sites, we are doing this because Cross River State drives the tourism flagship of Nigeria.
[eap_ad_1] “This generation and the generations to come will not forget in a hurry the enormous contributions to humanity by early missionaries like Mary Slessor, Rev. Hugh Goldie, Samuel Howell, and others.’’ The governor stated that PCN was one of the first Christian missions established in Nigeria with its roots in Calabar, and most of these early patriarchs and matriarchs of faith were members of the PCN. According to him, the government will continue to support the church in all its activities. Imoke urged Christians in the country to emulate the virtues of early missionaries who denied themselves of all comforts to make sure that Christians showed their pride in Christ. Rev. Emele Mbauka, the Prelate of the General Assembly of the PCN, called on Christians to emulate the virtues of missionaries who came to Africa to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Mbauka said the church would continue to pray for peace, love and unity of Nigeria. He urged Christians to see themselves as brothers and sisters who are in the vineyard of God. The theme of the assembly was: “The King is Coming.’’ (NAN)