The presiding Bishop of the Calabar-based Christian Central Chapel International, CCCI, Dr Emmah Gospel Isong, has given reasons why he led other Church leaders, political class and a mammoth crowd of Christians and residents of Ikot Eneobong/Ikot Nkebre communities for the 3-hour city wide sanitation exercise on Saturday.
Speaking, the clergyman said the exercise, which had the theme, ‘Make Clean the Outside’, was to assist in causing Cross River to regain its lost glory in terms of cleanliness and that the Scripture admonishes Christians to be clean and holy.
“We are excited that the government of Cross River State has motivated us to come out of our homes, clean our environment and return Cross River state back to the clean, green and safe environment that we used to know.
“As you can witness, residents of Ikot Eneobong, Ikot Nkebre communities in 8 miles and environs, including members of our Church are very excited that after many years, this activity has come up again. I am pioneering it in this area.
“We are not only cleaning the environment, we are also using this event for socialization, and we are making it a culture and we believe people will get used to it. Remember how Cross River state used to be, we are returning it there. We thank our Digital Governor and his digital team for this vision.
“If you look at the Streets from the beginning to the end, you could see that thousands of people have turned up. We have made thousands of fez caps and t-shirts available for them, and we are also providing food for those helping out so as to motivate them.
“We are encouraging people to see sanitation as an exercise. If you do it frequently, you may not even need to go to the gym. This alone can cause you to lose weight and burn some calories,” Bishop Isong stated.
Isong, who is also the National Publicity Secretary of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), further appealed to Church, traditional and political leaders to key into the vision of making Cross River clean again.
His words: “Our people should make sanitation a culture as was before. It should be part of our daily lives because a cleaner environment is a healthier environment. The entire programme should revolve around Churches or Mosques. This is because religious leaders have tremendous influence on their followers. This is Faith Based Organisations partnering with government for a better, cleaner and healthier society.”
Our reporter, who monitored the event, said Bishop Isong and wife, Magistrate Helen, supervised the exercise. Free t-shirts/fez caps were given to those who took part after which food was served. Pillar Today gathered further that a full cow was slaughtered to prepare sumptuous dishes for those who took part in the massive sanitation exercise, described by residents as first of its kind in the area.