As panacea towards tackling the high rate unemployment in the country, the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN, has expressed its determination to create wealth and employment opportunities for Christian youths through skill acquisitions.
This plan was disclosed by the PFN President, Bishop Wale Oke, during a three-day PFN National Leaders’ Retreat, themed: ‘Gideon’s Army’, and held at the International Skills Acquisition Centre, ISAC, Gora, Nasarawa State.
The resolutio was coming on the heels of the assurance given by the Chairman of the ISACC, Prof. John Kennedy Okpara, who noted that the nation was blessed with human and material resources if properly harnessed.
Addressing the participants, Okpara expressed the willingness and readiness of his organisation to partner with the PFN in training their members in agriculture-related field, so as to help in wealth creation in Christendom and to cushion the effect of the biting economy.
In a statement made available to journalists in Ibadan, by the media office of the PFN President, Oke expressed concern over the high rate of unemployment among the youths in the land, saying, “To this effect, the PFN has concluded plans to sponsor about 200 Christian youths of pentecostal denominations for the training and skills acquisition at ISAC.”
Speaking further at the event, the cleric announced that the 36 states chapters of the PFN, including the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, should forward at least, five names each to the PFN Secretariat for training at the CSS Integrated Farms.
Oke, who is also the Presiding Bishop of The Sword of the Spirit Ministries, Ibadan, said that the body was determined to buoy up the country’s gliding economy through wealth and employment opportunities for its teeming youths, “through skills acquisition and farming.”
He disclosed to participants at the retreat the 10-Point agenda of his leadership, with an assurance to members that they would be beneficial to the body of Christ and the nation as a whole.
He added that the emergence of the PFN leadership was divine, stressing that “the Lord has chosen us to lead the PFN at such a time as this, when our nation is in dire need of divine intervention.”
He added, “We have an extremely serious business in our hands; to turn our nation from becoming a failed state to a bastion of global revival and the advancement of the gospel of Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. Only God can do it.”
The programme, which had PFN national leaders, state chairmen and their deputies and secretaries across the federation in attendance, witnessed teachings and paper presentations.