Nigeria can overcome recession — Kumuyi, Tella
By BUKOLA LONGE
The General Overseer, Deeper Christian Life Ministry (DCLM), Pastor Williams Folorunsho Kumuyi and an economist, Prof. Sheriffdeen Tella, has advised Nigeria to start producing goods consumed locally by Nigerians as a way out the recession buffeting the country.
Professor Tella, a former Vice – Chancellor, Crescent University, Abeokuta, Ogun State and currently a lecturer at the state-owned Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, said that governments and Nigerians should go into agriculture to make food available and affordable.
He explained that these measures when applied would not only stimulate the economy to create jobs, more industries, markets and income but also facilitate its quick recovery from prevailing doldrums.
According to the don, there may be respite insight for the nation if Nigeria continues to import heavily the goods being consumed locally and at a great drain to the foreign exchange.
Also, the General Overseer, Deeper Christian Life Ministry (DCLM), Pastor Williams Folorunsho Kumuyi, give insight to how Nigerians could wriggle out of the current economic downturn in the country.
Kumuyi said that apart from seeking God’s intervention through prayers for the nation, Nigerians should shun corruption, make a habit of doing the right thing always, and also delve into agriculture to ensure food availability and security.
He said Nigerians need God’s help to “turn around the economic, social, individual, domestic needs and other hydra – headed problems of the nation,” adding that where there is no food on the table and enough apparel for the body, there would be grumbling everywhere.
The General Overseer spoke in Abeokuta, through the DCLM State Overseer, Pastor Dele Rosilu, while fielding questions from reporters at a press briefing to herald his planned visit to MKO Abiola Stadium, Abeokuta, next Friday, for a “turn around” crusade at the state capital.
Over 50,000 worshippers across the state are expected to attend the programme.
Rosilu who addressed the press on Kumuyi’s behalf, noted that Nigerians are not doing enough in agriculture, saying there are no better time to pour more energy into farming either on “commercial or part time basis” than this period of economic recession.
He also made case for more money to be expended on security of lives and properties of Nigerians by the governments if that is what it would take to keep enough manpower on ground amid rising cases of militancy and kidnappings in parts of the country.
He however, expressed the hope that at this period of “failures”, God would minister success to the country, stressing that the church in Nigeria should partner with the governments, its institutions and agencies to better the lot of the people.”