By Wole Alakija
Its perhaps surprising that most people who have heard about the iconic Synagogue Church of All Nations(SCOAN) steered by the controversial prophet, Temitope Joshua have yet to visit.For those who have visited,there is only one narrative to describe the feeling-wonder!Whether you are a christian,a muslim or an atheist,a visit to this gigantic edifice in Ikotun would shake you no matter how stone-hearted you may be.And to think that the area was a swamp a little over two decades ago makes the story more interesting.
Right now,it is a boom town with 3-star budget hotels,eateries and supermarkets catering largely for tourists not only from Africa but all corners of the globe.They all converge at this 10,000-seater Church for one thing-Religious Tourism.
From all records available,TB Joshua’s Synagogue had become Africa’s number one tourism attraction, driving religious tourism which has in turn led to massive economic growth and contributing to the gross domestic growth for lagos state and Nigeria as a whole.
In Africa,the Synagogue appears to have taken the lead in religious tourism,thanks to his Emmanuel TV platform which is devoted to his healing ministry and philantrophy across the globe.
Findings have shown that the Synagogue church is the most visited destination by religious tourists in Africa.The church’s popularity has led to an increase in flights into Nigeria from other African nations and from all over the world.Only a few days back,South African Airways celebrated 20years of its operation in Nigeria with fanfare and it was no surprise that part of the reasons for its successful stint in the country is the airlift of thousands of religious tourists from Southern Africa to Lagos, with most of them ending up at the Synagogue Church of All Nations.Records reveal that over 3million local and international religious tourists visit the Synagogue yearly and the number is expected to rise in 2019.Celebrityplusonline investigations reveal that over 50 hotels which include bread&breakfast(B&B)are currently in operation within the church area, catering for the thousands of worshippers who troop to the Synagogue daily.For many of them,the location of the church has helped put food on their table and they cannot thank their stars more.
Skit Maker “Cute Abiola” Shares First Pictures in office as Special Assistant To Kwara State Governor
Abiola is a former Naval Officer who has resigned to concentrate on his comic business. The skit maker/ honorable, took to his instagram earlier to announce his resignation from the Nigerian Navy.
“Nigerian Navy has become my roadmap to a sustainable career path. I was overwhelmed with regards to the approval of my exit from the Navy by the Chief of Naval Staff so as for me to have enough time to pursue my dreams. Thank you Nigerian Navy. ONWARD TOGETHER!!!”—he wrote.
He later announced his appointment as Special Assistant on Creative Industries to Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq.
Nwoko Attacks Wike Again – Asks Him To Account For Rivers Money
A few days after calling for the expulsion of Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike from the PDP,
former Delta Lawmaker and billionaire businessman, Ned Nwoko has accused the fiery governor of squandering the Paris Club refund that accrued to the state and local government areas for self-gratification.
Mr Nwoko, who is the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senatorial candidate for Delta North, stated this in a statement on Tuesday.
Mr Nwoko has been engaging the Rivers governor whom he accused of instigating the crisis in the PDP for selfish reasons after failing to win the presidential primary of the party and also failing to secure a slot as a running mate to Atiku Abubakar, the PDP presidential candidate.
Mr Nwoko had earlier described Mr Wike as a “nuisance” and called for the expulsion of the governor from the party.
Mr Nwoko described Mr Wike as a “failed obscure lawyer,”. He challenged the governor to disclose his source of livelihood outside political office which, according to him, Mr Wike “obtained through rascality and dubious tactics.”
“The Rivers state governor squandered the Paris club refund, which accrued to the state, diverted the entitlements that ought to have been paid the local governments, for self gratification. How did he utilise the money? He mismanaged it.
“Instead, Wike is gallivanting around the world wasting Rivers State’s money, chasing shadows and in the process 25 innocent kids died in the state hospital because of lack of electricity in the hospital. In a civilised society, Wike should have resigned. Indeed he would be prosecuted for the deaths of these innocent kids. This is unpardonable criminal negligence, yet a power-hungry governor like Wike is busy looking for another political office to continue pillaging public resources while his people suffer.”
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