Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has called on religious leaders and all Nigerians to intensify prayers for the country to surmount the current challenges it is facing.
Governor Akeredolu, who said the nation needs healing, noted that some steps must be taken in terms of offerings and prayers to God to continue to save the nation.
The Governor made the call on Thursday while receiving a delegation from the Christ To The World Ministries (CTTWM) in collaboration with the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Ondo State branch.
The delegation led by a senior Pastor of CTTWM from the United Kingdom, Pastor Adewale Adebajo, was in the state for a three-day open crusade.
Arakunrin Akeredolu said his administration would continue to support all religious activities aimed at bringing peace, spiritual healings, harmony and socio-economic breakthrough not only to the state but the nation at large.
He said: “We know what we are going through. We don’t need to deceive ourselves. The Nation needs some healings. And some few things have to be done in terms of our offerings to the Almighty God and our prayers so that God will continue to save Nigeria.
“I’m a strong believer in Nigeria and I have always said Nigeria should remain. How it will remain God will do it.”
On the plan to bring their businesses to the state, Governor Akeredolu lauded the Senior pastor, describing the offer as a welcome development in view of the job opportunities and socio-economic development it would bring to the state and the people.
Akeredolu, who disclosed that his administration would continue to support any venture that would improve the wellbeing of the people of the state, especially civil servants, assured them of adequate security of their lives and businesses
“We have in Ondo state a one-stop-shop where we make ease of doing business a reality. Ondo state is said to be leading in ease of doing business. So, we have adopted a one-stop-shop and that is why we have Ondo State Development and Investment Promotion Agency (ONDIPA).
“We don’t have enough housing facilities here and I’m sure every civil servant wants to own a house before they leave civil service,” the Governor added.
Earlier, the leader of the delegation, Pastor Adebajo, explained that aside from the crusade to bless the land and heal the sick, he is set to partner with the state government to establish his businesses in the state to give the people financial support and better their lots.
He noted that the crusade would bring all round miracles and boost the economic status of the state and the people.
“What we have been able to do in other state is to partner with government, we build houses for civil servants and low income earners. We give loans to boost businesses and we have been doing it in Lagos, Ibadan and the time has come for the people of Ondo State.
“We have been going to other places like Ghana, Onitsha to preach and minister God’s words to the people and this is the time for Ondo state. By the grace of God we believe that our coming will transform Ondo State for good,” the senior Pastor added.
Also, the state CAN Chairman, Rev. Ayo Oladapo, lauded Governor Akeredolu for his unalloyed support for CAN activities in the state, just as he appreciated the Governor’s passion about the development of the state.
Richard Olatunde Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Ondo State. October 28, 2021.