The people of Wakirike in Okrika, Ogu/Bolo and parts of the Port Harcourt Local Government Areas in Rivers State have been enjoined to whole heartily support the Bible Society of Nigeria to expand the Okrika language spoken by them.
This call was made at Bolo in Ogu/Bolo Local Government by the Chairman of Rivers/Bayelsa Area of the Society, Elder Omoni Ayo-Tamuno during the presentation of Special Membership Certificate to the Amanyanabo of Bolo, King Acheseinimie M. Frank, JP Bolo-Luka VIII and his wife and Engineer Andrew Minadiki and wife at the Saint Gabriel Anglican Church, Bolo
Elder Ayo-Tamuno reiterated the desire of the BSN to partner with the various language groups in the state and the nation to translate the Bible into their languages.
He said the Okrika and Kalsbari language Bibles translated by the Society was aimed at making the people to understand the Written Word of God and serve God better.
The Area Chairman, therefore, called on the people of the three local government areas to always support BSN to do more translations and bring the Word of God to the door steps of all Christians.
Elder Ayo-Tamuno stated that with the translation, the Okrika Language has been preserved and by extension their culture at all times.
He then admitted King Frank and Engineer Mindiki into the highest level of membership of the BSN on behalf of the Life Patron of the Society, General Dr Yakubo Gowon, former Head State of Nigeria.
Speaking later, King Frank pledged that he would continue to support to assist and support the BSN to achieve its aims and objectives.
Earlier in his Sermon at the occasion, the Rector of Saint Gabriel Anglican Church, Bolo District, Venerable J. I.D Ibiayemie JP stressed the need for Christians to use whatever position they occupied to be productive and be faithful in serving the Almighty God.
Venerable Ibiayemie noted the positive impact the Bible Society is creating to spread the Gospel of Christ and encouraged more Christians to enroll as members of the Society.