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Christian leadership seminar, Rio, Rev. Yimsung address legislators, wives
Correspondent Kohima, Nov 13 (NPN):
Published on 14 Nov. 2010 12:11 AM IST
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Seemingly perturbed by the affront on Christ where the slogan was totally at variance with the actions, Rev. Luoliehu Yimsung, Coordinator, GIPNA and Ambassador-at-Large of Overseas Naga Association (ONA) regretted that the slogan ‘Nagaland for Christ’ has become ‘Nagaland for Crooks’.
He said this while addressing the one-day seminar on ‘Christian Leadership’ as resource person organized for state Legislators and their lady wives at the Assembly Conference Hall, Kohima here Saturday.
Speaking on Christian leadership, Rev. Yimsung shared the 25 years of experiences in his missionary journey and described leadership as “the ability to have followers” but when a leader is without a follower, he is simply walking alone.
“You are the leader only if people are willing to follow you.And that requires the development of relationships-the deeper relationships the stronger the potential for relationship.”
He also spoke on the importance of charisma for Christian leaders and the need to be filled with the Holy Spirit.
Rev. Yimsung pointed out that if leaders have too much pride they cease to listen and if that happens, it was time to make way for new leaders as people need good leaders who will serve them.
He said such was the case among many leaders in the world who had to eventually make way for others to lead.
He also reminded the legislators that a leader must continuously strive for knowledge and understand the dynamics of timing and a vision for the future.
“Leadership requires more than just a command of data; it demands an ability to deal with numerous intangibles”, added Rev. Yimsung.
Earlier, chief minister, Neiphiu Rio, in his brief address on the occasion said as a leader, he found that he could make the best of efforts with God’s love in achieving things in various fields though at times, there were also failures along the way.
Nagaland is a Christian state but Nagas do not uphold the principal of Christianity in day to day life, Rio stated. He admitted that in a democratic country, the pressure on leaders was too much that they tend to commit mistakes at times.
Citing an example, he spoke of an encounter with a former MP, who said people respect and love their leaders but they don’t obey them and added that this was frustrating for leaders.
Rio also emphasized on making sacrifices for the people so as to bring qualitative peace in society.
God’s way is different from man’s way he said and spoke on the need to emphasize on the duties and responsibilities as a Christian towards family, church and to society. Rio however regretted that in the Naga society, people know only how to receive but do not know how to give because people tended to be selfish and self-centered.
He said while God measured His creation in term of service to others and not status, but in society, people and leaders are more concerned with powers, status, position and prestige. Rio said God looks at how many people leaders serve and not how many people serve leaders, while exhorting legislators to serve God first to serve man.
The Inaugural function was chaired by NLA speaker, Kiyaneilie Peseyie while general secretary, Nagaland Baptist Church Council (NBCC), Dr. Anjo Keikung pronounced the invocation prayer.
It may be noted that the seminar was meant for all 60 legislators but there were only 12 of them attending the session with their wives.
Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio and NLA speaker, Kiyaneilie Peseyie explained the poor attendance on various ongoing state government activities including the Road show at Zunheboto.
State’s financial position stable: Rio
Chief minister Neiphiu Rio, who also holds the crucial finance portfolio Saturday assured that the financial position of the state was sound and that there was no need for any worry, particularly with regard to payment of salaries of government servants.
He said though Nagaland did not have its own revenue resources as it depended wholly on funds allotted by the planning commission, all financial obligations would be met.
He was speaking in an exclusive interview to Nagaland Post on the sidelines of the one day seminar on ‘Christian Leadership’ with the legislators and their lady wives held at the Assembly Conference Hall, Kohima here today.
He also revealed that despite the constraints, the state government had decided to release the bonus of one month for implementation of the 6th RoP within November for those who were affected by the new service rules of 35 years of length of service or 60 years whichever was earlier, that came into effect form November 2009.
To another query on the delay in appointment to more than 3000 vacancies in various state government department following the implementation of the new bill on the length of service, Rio said that the delay was partly due to the matter being dragged to court by a section of the affected government employees as well as the decision to hold a combined examination for mass recruitment.
He said many departments wanted to conduct separate examinations for fill various vacancies but that the state government decided on a mass recruitment. He also said the state government decided in favour of mass recruitment through NPSC in a free and fair manner to give chance to all the deserving candidates.
Rio made the statement to queries posed by this Correspondent to speculations of the government being in deep financial crisis to the point of not even being able to release salaries of government servants that had caused apprehension among them that the coming festive season would be literally dry.

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