Knowing that Nigeria is a country full of religious people who would waste no time to pray their way out of tight corners, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, SAN, has clearly stated that the economic recession currently facing the country will not be overturned by prayers.
According to him, the only way out of the present predicament is for Nigeria to develop its own plan capable of effectively addressing the current economic downturn.
The Minister, speaking while delivering a lecture on “Freedom from Fear, Choices before the New Generation” to mark the 42nd convocation of the University of Benin, Edo State, said that Nigerians must overcome their fears and use their natural resources to create solutions and improve their lives.
While addressing the graduating students, he said;
“We will not pray our way out of recession; we will plan and produce our way back to prosperity and out of recession and you are the freshest, youngest and most energetic workforce we will have to work with.
“You are the new batteries to power the engine of growth of our country. Your choices must be clear, free from fear, not reckless but driven by analytical thought, questioning and probing and ultimately determined by convictions.”
Fashola made it clear that Nigerian youths, just like their counterparts in developed countries, must set their minds free from fear, instead of depending solely on spiritual answers to the problems.
Meanwhile, latest reports from the National Bureau of Statistics, says Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product, GDP, has shrunk by 2.24 percent in the third quarter of 2016.
According to the report, the depreciation had worsened the country’s chances of getting out of recession in 2016.