A religious organization, Brotherhood of the Cross and Star, (BCS) has laid claims to being the second highest employer of labour in Cross River state, saying its numerous business establishments across the state had taken away thousands of people from the labour market, and that many of the employees were not members of the organisation.
Speaking in a press conference in Calabar, Wednesday, spokesman of the organization, Christ Shepherd Edet Archibong said ‘with the numerous business establishments of His Holiness Olumba Olumba Obu, the BCS is reputed to be next only to the State government as the highest employer of labour in Cross River state.”
Archibong, who used the occasion to throw light on 2020 anniversary of the coronation of the Spiritual and Administrative Head of the organization, scheduled for Sunday, August 9, 2020, said since the coronation of their leader on April 14, 2001, the organization has been investing in areas of education, banking, hospitality industry, media, agriculture, tourism, printing amongst others
“His Holiness has established a television station known as Starcross TV. The major print media outfit of the kingdom, the New Kingdom Trumpet has been rebranded. The old Brotherhood press has been transformed into a digital printing outfit renamed Triple Star printing press.
“The Royal Farm Ltd is a conglomerate made up of the farm, the rubber plantation, palm plantation, bakery and table water factories amongst others. A new rubber processing plant has been established in Biakpan to process rubber and produce technically specified rubber 10/20 for local use and export used for production of tyres, tubes and soles. It has a capacity of 1 ton/hour, 16 tons/day. The bakery produces the ‘royal munch,’ bread,” he stated.
The spokesman further said the organization’s First Royal Microfinance bank was providing unparalleled services to the people of the state, adding that the Browland Hotel, also established by the Spiritual Leader, was offering hospitality services along with a modernized guest house.
According to him, the organization has a museum, BCS Divine Royal Museum, which he described as a tourist attraction, explaining that the Museum had been registered with the National Commission for Museums and Monuments and that it was partnering with the Cross River government for remodeling and staff training.
On the education front, Christ Shepherd Archibong disclosed that the total student and pupil population in the Brotherhood Model School in both the secondary and primary sections had increased to 662 with 53 teachers.
He said due to the COVID 19 pandemic, activities earmarked for the celebration of His Holiness Obu’s coronation would be held online except for a few members around Calabar who shall be subjected to the strictest form of compliance to COVID-19 protocols.
Denying insinuations in many quarters that the founder of the religious body, Leader Olumba Olumba Obu had died, the spokesman said “Leader Olumba Olumba Obu absence from the public scene has led to the insinuation that he is dead. The Ancient of Days is above death and never dies. He is alive and existing in the dual nature of spirit and human since he has manifested on earth.”