Wife of the Taraba State Governor, Barr. Anna Darius Ishaku was today decorated as new grand patron of the Girls’ Brigade Nigeria, Taraba State Chapter.
The event took place today at the Christian Reformed Church Nigeria, CRCN, Center in Jalingo in a special service presided by Pastor Jonah Pantuvo.
Speaking during the investiture which was preceded by a ceremonial parade by the Brigade, the Governor’s wife gave thanks to God for the Honour conferred on her and noted that, “l have been a member of Girls’ Brigade from my secondary school days and even rose to the level of corporal.“
She promised to do all that is expected of her through the grace of God and passionately called on e everyone to seek, serve and follow Christ.
Earlier, the State Commandant of the Girls’ Brigade, Mrs. Tabitha Ali Bako stated that, they look forward to working with Her Excellency as she takes on the role of Patron, and being able to demonstrate the relevance of the Girls’ Brigade to girls and young women in the 21st century.
While addressing the congregation, Pastor Ishaku Iliya Abe stated that Her Excellency was conferred with the Honour in recognition of her selfless service to the people of Taraba and humanity.
He further stated that God has brought the Governor’s wife to uphold him in his duties and prayed that God will keep her in good health and sound mind for the service.
In his homily, Pastor Jonah Pantuvo posed a question from the holy Scriptures, “when the Son of Man shall come, will He find faith in the earth?” He therefore admonished the congregation to maintain faith in God as He still answers prayers.
Not to be confused with the Church Lads’ and Church Girls’ Brigade. The Girls’ Brigade is an international and interdenominational Christian youth organisation. It was founded in 1893 in Dublin, Ireland.
The Aim of The Girls’ Brigade is to help girls become followers of the Lord Jesus Christ and through self-control, reverence and a sense of responsibility to find true enrichment of life with the motto “Seek, Serve and Follow Christ”.
The organization operates in over 60 countries worldwide and is divided into five Fellowships: African, Asian, Caribbean and Americas, European, and Pacific. International Conferences are held every four years, this has been happening since 1998.
The Girls’ Brigade is also represented in 12 countries on the African continent with a membership of almost 30 000.
The current leadership of the fellowship was ushered into office in August, 2008 in Abuja.
Mrs. Ruth Chikasa from GB Zambia was elected as the first International Vice President ( Africa ). Africa first met as a continent before the introduction of Fellowships in Zambia in 1992. The Goal for 2012 was to Bring back the countries that were not active in 2011 and before.