2019 STATE TRAINING CAMP & 36TH AGM
What shall I render unto the Lord…all I have to say is THANK YO goU GOD.
On behalf of the Boys’ Brigade Nigeria, Kwara State Council, under the leadership of Professor J. B. Lawal, I give God, the father of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ unreserved adoration for overseeing this year’s camp and the 36th AGM which turn out successfully with testimonies.
The camp, hosted by Gaa-Akanbi/Pipeline Battalion Council was held at C & S College, Sabo-Oke, Ilorin between Monday, 15th and Saturday, 20th April, 2019. The camp had a departure from its old ways and there were enormous transformations; we decided to improve greatly on our system and programmes.
An online camp registration was introduces for the first time and it worked well, helping us to overcome monotony
To end carefree attitudes about our Boys, officers with Children Evangelism Ministry (CEM) trainings were employed to cater for the needs of our Anchor and Junior Sections Boys, thereby getting them engaged in their motto “Play the Game”.
We also worked on cooking and serving methods this year. The quality and quantity were improved on. The age long method of serving was also changed to allow for easy access timely good food.
We introduced more of spiritual and moral lessons this time: Rev. Dr. David Abolarin spoke on the Foundation to a Successful Christian Marriage; Rev. G. O. Abikoye taught on BB officers being agents of kingdom advancement; Mr. Gajere Elisha of the NDLEA through his representative advised on proliferation of drugs abuse among boys and its implication; Mr. Adebola Sunday (Lt.) interacted with officers on growing battalion/group councils.
Some campers decided for Christ in some of the teachings.
Special thanks to the State Executive Council members; all State Working Committees, especially Training and Extension Committee, Information and Communication Committee, Welfare Committee, and Electrical Crew; the Trainers’ Forum; the host Council, Gaa-Akanbi/Pipeline Battalion Council; the host school, C & S College, Sabo-Oke, Ilorin; the host community, Sabo-Oke and its neighbourhood for their cooperation and supports. These set of people made both human and material resources available for our use.
A very large thank to our good-natured Boys and officers who constituted the camp. We commend them for their understanding, submissiveness to authority and perseverance. If not for them, there will be no camp. May they be continually richly blessed and weary not in Jesus name.
A special adoration to God Almighty for keeping our bodies and lives safe. We have reasons to testify to the goodness of God. Last year, we had the testimony of narrowly escaping the Offa armed robbery attack, and this year again, it was the fulfillment of Psalm 91:7. Three (3) of our members on their way to camp from Lade, along Patigi on Tuesday morning were involved in a fatal auto crash which claimed plentiful lives of the passengers and burnt the two vehicles to ashes. It is still unexplainable how the three of then escaped death but minor injuries that were managed by our team of medical experts on camp. It is just God’s mercy and faithfulness.
We condole with the families of passengers in the same accidents who could not make it.
Because of our imperfection as human, I apologize for inconveniences that campers might have suffered as a result of unavoidable exigencies. We promise continuous improvement on our camping exercises.
May the good Lord keep and bless us all beyond next year when we shall be hosted by Irepodun West Battalion Council.
Everyone is advised to rest, take good food and if need be, treat malaria for preventive purpose.
Thank you all.
Ben. Kayode S. O. Alao (Capt.; ANTO)
BBN, Kwara State Council.