A faith-based organisation, and the first interdenominational Christian student group, The Student Christian Movement (SCM) of Nigeria is set to mark its 75th anniversary.
Founded in 1940, the SCM in Nigeria has the mandate to calling students and youths to a life of faith in Christ and a challenge to live out this Faith in society.
According to a release made available by by the President of the group, Rev. Eric Ighalo, “the group’s core belief is that the ‘student world’ is the fulcrum for societal transformation and leadership development. Her members hold as their motto the scripture verse of John 17:21 that says ‘that all may be one’ in an affirmation of unity that comes from being in Christ irrespective of gender, tribe or nationality; and subscribes to an active faith through what it commonly describes as ‘The Bible in one hand, and the newspaper on the other’”
With very active networks across Nigeria and internationally, the SCM of Nigeria clocks 75 years of unbroken service to the Nigeria nation and intends to celebrate her contributions in order to reawaken national consciousness as well as prepare herself for another 75years of service to the ever growing student and youth population of Nigeria. A series of activities have been lined up with a formal press conference scheduled for December 5, to announce the program.
Stating further, the release stated that, “a formal official flag-off event is to be held in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital during the Organisation’s annual National Prayer Conference holding between December 10 and 13.” The event is also expected to be attended by students, Senior Friends of the Movement as well as dignitaries from the public and private sectors, and church leaders. “The official logo for the celebration will be unveiled and the celebrations will be held in various university branches and state chapters of the Movement-with a final event billed for August 2016,” it stated.
A twelve man National Organising Committee has since been inaugurated to organise and coordinate the celebrations.
The Committee is headed by Rev. Solomon Adegbolagun, a former National President of the Movement and immediate Past Chairman of the Lagos State Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board. He is assisted by Hon. Godwin Ogenyi, another past National President of the Movement and immediate past Commissioner for Human Capital Development and Poverty Reduction, Enugu State.
The SCM of Nigeria currently boasts of branches in over 400 secondary schools, 20 tertiary institutions and 17 Senior Friends/Alumni groups across the country.
SCM’s leadership and contributions to Nigeria span across the entire sector of the Nigerian nation.
Among the senior friends of the group include the current Primate of the Anglican Communion, The Revd. Nicholas Okoh, among many other Church leaders today who are products of the SCM of Nigeria.
SCM, through her International Mother body-the World Student Christian Federation (WSCF) is, in operational relations with UNESCO and has consultative status with the United Nations (Category II).