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Former Inspector-General of Police  Mike Okiro, has urged Nigerians to fund development projects in religious institutions.
He made the appeal on Saturday at an award ceremony organised by St. Martins Catholic Parish Masaka, Karu Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.
Okiro, who was represented by Mr Augustine Obaedo, a retired Commissioner of Police, said that such fund was necessary in order to facilitate the propagation of the gospel.
Narrowing his appeal to Christians, Okiro said  that some church communities were financially handicapped to carry out evangelism.
The former police boss, who is also the Chairman of the Police Service Commission, stressed the importance of religion in inculcating morals.
According to him, the role of the church remains crucial, especially now that the country is passing through trying periods.
He said the awards would further spur him to do more in the `household’ of God and urged other awardees to take the opportunity as challenge to do the same.
“There are things you do to people without knowing that you have affected them positively, all the same, it is good to affect people wittingly or unwittingly.
“The church needs support from all of us to grow either in cash or in kind, to me, this award will further spur me to do more in the house of God.
“And I am urging my fellow awardees to do more for the church to grow and spread the gospel of the kingdom of God.’’
Presenting the awards, Rev. Fr. Jude Maigari, the Parish Priest said the awards were in recognition of the numerous contributions the awardees made for the growth of the parish.
Maigari, however,  appealed to other members of the parish to work hard, saying, ` you will be recognised in our subsequent award presentations.
He expressed optimism that the award would serve as a motivation for members of the church to work harder.
Former Deputy Governor of Plateau, Dame Pauline Tallen, was among the 40 recipients that received various awards at the occasion. 

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