The state commissioner for finance has charged parents to give serious attention to the proper development of their children not minding the nation’s growing economic challenges.
Dr. Nsikan Nkan gave the charge, Sunday, at Garden of New Covenant Ministries, Uyo, where his Security Aide, Mr. David Nanakumo and wife, Aniebiet, dedicated their baby, little Master Dominion David Nanakumo to God.
Nkan said good parenting entails the ability of parents to raise children in the fear of the Lord to take responsibility of their actions and impact positively on the society when they grow up, noting that this will stem the challenge of public misbehavior which often lead to insecurity and other social vices.
The commissioner said, “I encourage parents to create sufficient time to see what their kids are doing. Your future in terms of peace and gratitude to God is based on the amount of investment you have done in your children today. The challenges of economic survival will always take your time but always have time for the kids. They need the attention of their parents, kids are so vulnerable.
“Parental attention is so important, particularly at the early stage of a child’s life, those who don’t have it will have problems because of peer influence. You need to take time to attend to your children, not only by giving them education but quality parenting. We have issues where children go into cultism, drug abuse and other bad things. Please devote time to attend to them in order to have a peaceful life.”
Nkan thanked God for the safe arrival of the baby to the family, describing him as God’s gift to them for proper upbringing.
While praying that the baby will herald more of God’s special blessings to the family, he urged the parents to inculcate in their children honesty, prudence, discipline and love for one another and respect for constituted authority in the society.
The finance commissioner also took out time to appreciate his aide for being such a wonderful staff, saying his dedication to duty remains unmatched.
He thanked the ministers of the church for always interceding for the state and called for more prayers and support.
In his exhortation on the topic: “Train up a child in the way of the Lord,” the minister in-charge, Pastor Elijah Mendie, urged parents to ensure proper upbringing of their children in the fear and admonition of God for a better society.
Reading from Proverbs 22:6, Psalms 127:3 and Isaiah 54:13, Mendie said the call has become imperative considering the critical position parents occupy and the role they play in their religious activities and social-economic development of the country.
Mendie, however, called on parents to live exemplary lives by shunning all negative acts in the society, saying that lots of children grew up emulating the attitudes of their parents.
He noted that the society would be better if parents and guardians ensure and trained their children in the fear of God, and called on Christians and non-Christians to be law abiding, respect constituted authority, live in peace and tolerate one another irrespective of their faith.