(By Iheanyi Ezinwo)-Governments at all levels have been urged to desist from infringing on the legitimate duties of the media as they seek to hold those in leadership positions accountable to the people.
This call was made by the General Overseer of Footmarks of Christ Ministries Worldwide Incorporated, Rev. Goddy Oti, when he was honoured by Notable Outcome with the Uncommon Stewardship Award, in recognition of his consistent faith, patience and exploits in life and ministry.
Rev.Oti, who was appreciative of the recognition, however insisted that the citizens must be allowed to exercise their right to freedom of expression, which, according to him, is their own way of contributing to the promotion of good governance in the polity.
The man of God, who said that he is called to be a prophet, pastor and deliverance minister, further said that he has seen the grace of God on his life over the years in the ministry.
He advised his fellow ministers to be sure that they are called, stressing that ministry is not a money making venture but a call to serve humanity.
Rev. Oti urged Nigerians to embrace righteousness so the country can be exalted, just as he called on Christians to be separate from the world, ensuring that they are following Jesus Christ and also keeping his word.
He paid tributes to those who inspired him to remain in the faith and continue in the service of God, namely late Pastor Wilson Amadi, Rev.Chinemenum Ezinwo, Deacons Emma Wosu and Vincent Okeh; Bishop Yomi Isijola of Logos Ministries and members of Footmarks of Christ Ministries.
Earlier in his address, the publisher of Notable Outcome, Iheanyi Ezinwo, had observed that Rev.Goddy Oti was being honoured as part of activities marking the 14th anniversary of Notable Outcome because of his consistent faith, patience and exploits in life and ministry.
By the award, the publisher said, Rev.Oti, who recently retired from the University of Port Harcourt teaching Hospital as a chemical pathologist, joins the list of past recipients of Notable Outcome’s awards, whose contributions have affected the society positively in so many ways.
Notable among past recipients, according to the publisher, were Hon. O.C.J.Okocha, Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr.Suleiman Abba, former Rivers State Commissioner of Police and later Nigeria’s Inspector General of Police; Prof.Joseph Ajienka, former Vice Chancellor at the University of Port Harcourt, Apostle G.D.Numbere, Prof.Emenike Wami, President General of Ogbakor Ikwerre Convention, among others.
The publisher of Notable Outcome, Iheanyi Ezinwo, emphasized that the award represents Media Endorsement on Rev.Goddy Oti’s uncommon Stewardship, even as he hoped that the recognition will inspire others to learn from the testimonies of those who, through faith and patience overcame the challenges of life to emerge as stars in their chosen careers.
The award ceremony, which took place at the headquarters of Footmarks of Christ Ministries on Peter Odili road in Port Harcourt was witnessed by visiting members of Gideons International and church members.
Speaking on the award, some church leaders and friends of the awardee, thanked God and the Management of Notable Outcome for the honour done their spiritual leader and to the ministry.
They prayed for multiplied grace to enable the awardee continue the good works which have attracted the attention of men and of God.