Christmas Carol to hold as planned – Akwa Ibom Govt clears air

Posted: December 15, 2016 in general

The Akwa Ibom Government has moved to dispel reports of cancellation or postponement of its forthcoming Christmas Carol Service, a major tourist attraction in the state.
Reports had become rife claiming a shift or outright cancellation of the event in the wake of the collapse of a church building in Uyo, the state capital, last Sunday, which killed scores of worshippers, with the State Governor, Emmanuel Udom, escaping death.
However, a statement, Thursday, signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Ekerete Udoh, dismissed the reports, describing it as ‘false and misleading.’
“The Government of Akwa Ibom State wishes to state without any equivocation that the event will hold as scheduled on Saturday December, 17, 2016 at the Uyo Township Stadium. It bears repeating here that the event that was postponed is the Ibom Tourism Festival and NOT the Christmas Carol Service.
“The annual Carol Service, apart from being a Christmas Carol Event, is our end-of-year moment of Thanksgiving . It is a strictly religious event that gives the Government and the people of the state the opportunity to appreciate the Almighty God for bringing us to the end of the year and making supplications for His blessings for the New Year.
“The event also goes a long way in strengthening the bond of unity that exists between us as a people as the choir that usually leads us in singing Christmas Carols draws its membership from all the villages, wards and churches across the State and. Invitations have been sent out to virtually every church and Christian religious leader in the state and they have enthusiastically responded and are looking forward to the event. Christmas Carol has been a signature event in Akwa Ibom State for the past nine years and this year’s event will not be an exception.
“At a time like this in our State and Nation, it has become even more pertinent that we draw closer to the Almighty God in praise, worship, thanksgiving and supplication and the Christmas Carol Service offers us one of such moments to celebrate our God.
“To this end, the annual Akwa Ibom State Christmas Carol Service will hold as scheduled on December 17, 2016 at the Uyo Township Stadium by 5pm.
“All Christians, citizens of the state, friends and men of goodwill are invited,” the statement concluded.

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