By Niyi Olutunde, Akure
Ondo State Government has denied a report published in the national dailies that its barred members of the Niger Delta Christian Leaders Forum (NDCLF), from using the state owned International Culture Event Centre, ‘DOME’ in Akure, for their programmes.
It was reported last week Thursday that the state government barred Christian Leaders from all Niger Delta states for holding their annual prayer summit at their proposed venue in Akure which was eventually done under the sun.
But the state governor, Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu explained that the said event centre had already been booked for the 2nd Niger Delta Summit hosted by the state at the time NDCLF approached the management of the event centre for usage.
He made the clarification while receiving members of the Nigeria Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), led by their President, Bishop Felix Omobude, who were on a courtesy visit to the governor’s office
PFN members are in the state for their annual national conference.
Akeredolu, who was represented by his deputy, Agboola Ajayi noted that the just concluded one week event of the Niger Delta Summit, was declared opened by the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo adding that the government was ready to give out the MKO Abiola Democracy Park in Akure for free of charge since the DOME event centre has been occupied.
Akeredolu, however wondered why it would be reported in the national dailies that the government denied Christians from using the event centre?
In view of this, Akeredolu therefore reiterated his commitment to ensure coexistence among religious leaders bodies in the state urging religious leaders in the country to continue to pray for the unity of the country.
Speaking earlier, the PFN President Omobude said he was in the state in continuation of tour of States of the Federation to preach the message of peace and to pray for the people of the State and the government.
He commended the State Government on good governance initiatives, saying he was a product of good governance that he enjoyed free education programme introduced by late Chief Obafemi Awolowo in the Western Region of Nigeria.
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