Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Diversification of Economy is Sure Way to Finish Boko Haram- Church Tells FG

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The Methodist Church of Nigeria Diocese of Ikorodu, Lagos has said that the diversification of the nation’s economy will help to address the nation’s dwindling economic fortune occasioned by falling crude oil price.
The church, in a communiqué issued at the end of its 21st annual synod, also advised the government to invest huge resources in the education of the Nigerian children.

It urged the government to work towards improving the welfare of Nigerian teachers, just as it expressed the belief that the National Certificate of Education should remain the minimum required qualification for teachers in the Nigerian primary schools.
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The communiqué, jointly signed by the Diocesan Lay President, Ayodele Elesho, and the Diocesan Bishop, Rt. Revd. O. O. Odejayi, stated, “Due to the fall in the value of the Naira as a result of the reduction in the price of crude oil, a recommendation was made for the diversification of the economy of the country in order to increase our source of income generation.
“Improved training and welfare of teachers should be looked into by the government and that NCE programme should be further encouraged and used as minimum requirement for teaching at the primary school level.”
The church, however, lauded the government on recent victory in the ongoing fight against the Boko Haram insurgency.
But it called for an unrelenting effort against Boko Haram in order to totally stop the killing of Nigerians “on a daily basis” by the insurgents.
The church urged the government to “sustain the current measures it has put in place and to do all within its power to stop this wanton destruction of valuable lives and property,” by the insurgents.
Commending the concerted efforts that led to the stamping out of the recent Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in the country, the church sued for tolerance and respect among Nigerians.
It said, “We should learn to tolerate one another and respect each other’s freedom of speech, association and religion.”

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