…Throws Door Open for New Members
Ndifreke Jacob, UYO.
The International Christian Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Nigeria (ICCCYP), has enjoined Christians in the business sector to exhibit Christ-like character in their daily transaction and dealings.
While throwing its door of registration open for new members, the ICCCYP National Prayer Coordinator, Pastor David Okpon noted that it was imperative for Christians in the marketplace to remain spiritually-minded and truthful.
Okpon who gave the charge during a media briefing with newsmen in Uyo on Monday, said it was erroneous for people to think they can separate spirituality from business or take away the God-factor in the marketplace, he maintained that more businesses or entrepreneurs were suffering in the marketplace as a result of their ignorance of the supremacy of God.
Continuing, Okpon, a one-time Governorship aspirant in Akwa Ibom State hinted that the group have observed with dismay the character lacuna created in the business environment by young Christians who engage in fraudulent activities instead of following the principle of prayer, honesty and hard-work as exemplified by Jesus Christ.
Giving a full brush of what the ICCCYP tenet is, Okpon who is also a founding member of the group hinted that the goal of the group is to raise Christian business leaders.
He further divulged that the group was established intentionally to cater for the yearning of young Christian professionals who aspire to learn, connect, build network and find themselves in Christ while pursuing their individual business goals.
Also speaking, the Country Head, Mr Gideon Ekanem revealed that the group which has presence in over 80 countries in the world rest its cardinal focus on helping young christians access platform where they network, inspire, equip and challenge themselves to building their working life on the principles set by Jesus Christ.
We are, ” a worldwide people who in our business and work-life are experiencing the reality of goals, strategies and plans, becoming an outward manifestation of, and inward work of faith; leading to a glorious release of the kingdom of God.” he added.
Shading more light on the principle guiding the organization, Mr Idorenyin Essiet, the Country’s Public Relations Officer explained that ICCCYP believes in ‘excellence in stewardship’, servant leadership and being spirit led.
On why Christian entrepreneurs are not very successful, Mr Essiet explained that ”it is only believers that believe that other people go to the marketplace empty and that is why believers are casualties in the marketplace.”
”Things don’t usually work out for believers and you find out that a lot of believers are not very successful. The truth is that, it is a spiritual work, you must engage with the spirit of God especially in business and that is where you derive the success.” He added.
Speaking on the benefit of being a member of ICCCYP, Mr Ekanem, the country’s head explained that the group through its vast membership of global mentors, business men and great professionals will help young people drink from the well of these successful and more experienced members via mentorship (business and spiritual mentorship), connecting with success stories of other members, learning/networking opportunities, shared workable ideas, training (transformed Working life Series), among other benefits.
On membership requirements, Ekanem disclosed membership into the group was based on subscription although not compulsory, but there were other alternative like affiliation where members still benefit from. Also, he revealed that there were paid subscription for members which allows them access to level of trainings with their database in the headquarter in Sweden, member only event and platforms.
He added that members whether paid or affiliation still stand a chance to benefit from an entire spectrum of support system in the group and is opened to all professionals.
Ekanem disclosed intending applicants can apply online via https://bit.ly/3ckoX5P or
contact the office at 26 Udoabasi street, Uyo for more details.