By Adeola Oladele, Ibadan
The Federal Government has been charged to, as a matter of urgency, find a lasting solution to the economic recess staring the country in the face by diversifying the economy from its total dependence on oil to mechanised farming.
The call was made by Pastor (Dr.) Mrs. Ronke Ojo, wife of the Oyo State Chief of Staff to the Governor, Dr. ‘Gbade Ojo during the 12th annual women conference of Sanctuary of Christ Evangelical Church.
She said: “We have seen that mineral resources in terms of oil and gas have almost failed us in this country. We have been to several other countries where they do not have oil at all and they are living better than we do.
“We should go back to the land; we should go back to agriculture. If the Nigerian government can emulate other countries of the world, our economy will be transformed.”.
She added that the diversification would create employment opportunities for the citizenry and increase the revenue base of the government, while imploring the government to grant loan to youth to engage in mechanised farming.
While speaking on the annual women conference with the theme: ‘A mother in Israel,’ Mrs. Ojo admonished all women to rise to the challenges of womanhood and pray like mothers for the peace of the country, adding that they should always perform their responsibilities like mothers at their respective homes.
While delivering her sermon at the event, the guest preacher, Pastor (Mrs.) Rose Oyedele, observed that the role of women had grown beyond the traditional and African role of motherhood exemplified by being perpetual housewives.
The preacher further noted that women play a significant role in the establishment of a family and in the taking care of it, raising children and bringing them up, pointing out that husbands and fathers have been given the primary responsibility for the leadership of the children.
Pastor Mrs. Oyedele opined that a home without a mother is looked down upon and often become an object of ridicule by the society, stressing that mothers play complementary role together with their husbands in the society for entrenchment of better societal values.
In an interview, the Founder and General-Overseer of the church, Dr. ‘Gbade Ojo, advised all women to be submissive and respect their husbands and similarly take care of their children.
He urged all women to be prayer-warriors and leaders in their respective homes.