Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State has given pastors under his divine mandate campaign platform and members of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) N500 million.
Concise News gathered that the divine mandate pastors received N250million, with each of the over 2, 500 members, receiving N100, 000 each while the five blocs of CAN shared N250 million.
Speaking during the disbursement, the governor said he decided to empower them in the realization that pastors and other members of the clergy were not exempted from the harsh challenges of life.
Umahi said: “One of the pastors sent me a text message that though they receive stipends to help in their monthly prayers, they were not Okada (commercial motorcycle) riders.
“I told him that I didn’t know they get stipends and cautioned that he may be one of those who graduated from school, didn’t secure a job and believe that ‘pastoring’ was an easy way of life.”
He noted that temptation, poverty, idleness and lack of knowledge do not know who a pastor is, as human challenges are products of the environment.
“It is, therefore, important that every pastor must be doing something because when you get involved in business, you will get more experience and training to mediate among brethren.
“Let this fund be a mustard seed and if it is too small to start something, aggregate it as I believe that the over N500 million we are disbursing presently would yield over N4 billion in two years,” the governor said.