By Sam EYOBOKA
PRELATE of MethodistÂ Church Nigeria, His Eminence Sunday Ola Makinde, has called for a renewed focus on the erratic power sector and creation of jobs for the unemployed youths in the country.
In a statement by the churchâ€™s Head of Media and Communications, Rev. Oladapo Daramola, the cleric, who spoke in Lagos on Thursday at a prayer session organised for the industrialist and philanthropist, Otunba Jobi Fele on his 70th birthday celebrations, said, â€œthe immediate assignment for our new president and members of his cabinet is for them to ensure that the current electricity crisis becomes a thing of the past.
â€œThe fact that the nation is in perpetual darkness has continued to rubbish our efforts towards becoming a fully industrialized and an investment friendly economy. Many more companies are closing shop because of the huge amount being spent on diesel and other alternative sources of power.
â€œFollowing the near collapse of our manufacturing sector, those who had jobs are losing them in drove. while millions of unemployed graduates have become hopeless which is one of the major reasons many give for embracing criminality,â€ Makinde stated.
He lauded Otunba Jobi Fele whom he said have continued to weather the storm and stay true to the cause of living their lives for others.
In his words, the prelate said â€œdespite the hardship and harsh economic conditions in the country, Otunba Fele and a few other individuals have continued to create jobs for Nigerians through their numerous businesses, thereby bringing smiles to the faces of those who were once hopeless and helpless.
â€œThis is worthy of emulation and praise and I will want to call on others who have the means to make job creation a priority because an idle hand, is the devilâ€™s workshop and we must do everything possible to reduce crime in our country.
That is why it has become more imperative for the current administration to lay a solid economic foundation for this country even within the shortest time it has,â€ he added.
Continuing, Makinde added that one of the virtues which Otunba Jobi Fele has continued to exhibit which many need to imbibe is his giving (philanthropic) nature.
â€œHe said in times of hardship, there is need for us to stand by one another and one of the ways in ensuring this is done is through our giving, caring and benevolence. We must care about our â€˜neighborsâ€™ and their well being at all times because in doing this, we are fulfilling Godâ€™s words,â€ he added.