At the Nnamdi Azikwe international Airport Abuja, yesterday His Grace,
Archbishop Goddowell Avwomakpa, Chairman of CAN, South South zone and president of Niger Delta Bishops’ Forum who has been a strong advocate of teaching history in secondary schools and higher institutions, commended President Muhammadu Buhari and the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbanjo for giving consideration to the call to reintroduce history in to the school curriculum. The Archbishop equally commended Ashiwaju Bola Tinubu, Prof Wole Soyinka and other well meaning Nigerians for adding their voices to his advocacy.
Avwomakpa who just returned from Israel noted that Nigeria will overcome the current economic recession. He however noted that to revive the economy, the President should be prepared to call on Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora who have the expertise to come and revamp the economy.
According to the CAN South South zonal leader, “In the past, the money
realised from sale of national assets in the name of privatisation only
amounted to mortgaging our lives and the future of our children into few
privileged individuals’ hands as the money realised from the privatilisaion process was squandered”.
Besides, the cleric noted that the federal government has not engaged the
real and private sectors enough. He also noted that Nigeria must diversify
from oil to agriculture, steel production, develop tourism potential as
well as focus on seafarers’ training so that Nigeria can become Africa’s
hub for seafarers’ training. That way, Nigeria like the Philippines, can
become one of the largest suppliers of manpower to the international sea
trade. This, the Archbishop noted, can fetch the country huge foreign
exchange every year. He added that such efforts will reduce the alarming
unemployment rate in Nigeria.
He equally called for prayers for the country and the leadership so that
those in position of authority will take decisions that will draw foreign
investments to Nigeria in a manner that can revamp the economy.
Meanwhile, he assured journalists that with consistent prayer the temporary cloud making people to move their investments from Nigeria will soon be a thing of the past and a new Nigeria where the citizens live in joy will evolve.
Special Adviser on Media to Archbishop Avwomakpa