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Neiphiu Rio lays CTC foundation stone

Chief Minister laying the foundation of CCLD at CTC Thursday. (NP)
AOLICHEN, Correspondent:
Published on 29 Aug. 2008 12:50 AM IST
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Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio Thursday laid the foundation stone for Clark Centre for Leadership Development (CCLD) at Clark Theological College, Aolichen. The CCLD is a specific and deliberate process of developing Christian leaders, both Church leaders and lay man to have an impact or influence in ones respective work place/profession by applying Christ-like leadership in principles and skills. It is committed to developing the integrity and effectiveness in the pupil training on character, knowledge and skills. It is Christ-centered, discipleship based and mission focused. And through the CCLD, leadership training program will be more effective particularly for the college and that the facility will have public utility for the benefit of the people of the district as a whole. After the foundation was laid by the chief minister, a service was conducted at the Multi-purpose hall of the college. Delivering his address, the Chief Minister said that "It is not the might of politics that will solve our problem, but it is through God that our problem will be solved". He also expressed hope that only through Church there will be peace in the Naga society. He called upon the people to follow the teachings of the Christ, to uphold Christian values and impart knowledge and believe in Christ, adding, then only there will be peace and unity amongst the people. Rio further stated a leader who works with Lord, God uses them and added to be a religious leader is the best profession because there is peace of mind unlike politicians. Rio also lamented how we Nagas as Christian have placed politics on top over religion and added though we are Christians we believe more in ourselves. Rio further added that Nagas are in disunity and that it is only through religion and the Church that unite us. He added that being Christians, Nagas should learn how to forgive in true sense of a Christian. He said the epitome of humanity is "Listen to your conscious, listen to the voice of God", adding if people are conscious, they can adjust to anything which will eventually lead to peace and harmony. The chief minister also said freedom does not mean being free. He said having a quantum jump from that of savagery to a modern era, we are yet to be refined to be civilized - to live in peace and harmony. The program was attended by hosts of dignitaries including PHED Minister Dr. Ngangshi K Ao, Parliamentary Secretary Er. Saku Aier, MLA K. Kire, Chief Secretary Khullu besides govt. officials and others. At the program, the Principal of the college Rev. Dr. Tekatemjen delivered the welcome address wherein he gave a brief note about the College and also read out the future plans of the college. The service was led by Rev. Dr. Akheto Sumi, Academic Dean while the CTC Choir presented a special song, and a special presentation titled "Our God reigns" by the CTC Students Union.

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