The President of The Evangelical Church Winning All, previously known as the Evangelical Church of West Africa, ECWA, Rev Stephen Panya Baba has eulogized the Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong for empowering the Plateau state citizens with the prompt payments of salaries, pension and allowances in a bid reducing poverty in the country.
The Commissioner for information and communication, Hon Yakubu Dati in statement made available to journalists says ,Rev. Stephen Baba spoke shortly after his inauguration as the new President of ECWA at the ECWA headquarters in Jos, at the sendoff and swearing-in of the outgoing President Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Gado and himself.
According Rev Baba; ” Governor Simon Lalong you have done excellently well in taking care of the salaries of civil servants in the State and also paying pensioners their salaried which had effected change in their lives, expressing how weak and helpless some pensioners are struggling in need of their pension pay”.
The new ECWA president promised to focus in” Re-strategising ECWA to make greater impact, in empowering its members to reach a lost and dying world with the holistic gospel of our Savour and Lord Jesus Christ”.
In a goodwill message, Gov Simon Lalong assured the leadership of ECWA of the support and solidarity of the Government and good people of Plateau State.
Gov Lalong who was represented by State Commissioner of Information and Communication, Yakubu Dati, commended the peaceful leadership transition in ECWA.
According to Gov Lalong, “his doors are wide are open to you and your leadership; he therefore pleaded with them not to relent in availing our Government the advice and support of the Church, which will help us as political leaders to govern in righteousness, so our citizens can reap the bountiful blessings of God upon our land.”
In his farewell speech, the out-going President, Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Gado appreciated the congregation for their support.
Goodwill messages were delivered by the Boss Mustapha, the Secretary of the Government of the Federation, Silas Agara, Deputy Governor of Nassarawa State and his counterpart from Kaduna State, Bala Bantex amongst others.
Highlight of the occasion was the presentation of a brand new 26-seatter Toyota Bus for mission activities by Gov Simon Lalong.
Presentations were also made by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), and the father of the President and former President of ECWA, Rev. Dr. Stephen Panya Baba.