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Look Inward for Solution to Economic Woes, Fashola urges Nigerians


‎The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has stressed the need for the nation to look inward and develop its own plan capable of effectively addressing the current economic downturn.
The Minister who spoke, Friday, while delivering the 42nd Convocation lecture of the University of Benin (UNIBEN), titled, “Freedom from fear, choices before the new generation,” said that Nigerians must overcome their fears and use their natural resources to create solutions and improve their lives.
Addressing the graduating students, Fashola 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.”
According to him, young Nigerians must, like their counterparts in developed countries, free their minds from fear‎, rather than depend solely on spiritual answers to the problems facing the nation.
“I urge you to free your mind from fear, reach for the skies, choose by the conviction and not by fear. Trust in your abilities and God-given talent, take responsibility, work hard and pray, if you believe.
“Yes, Sango is the god of iron and thunder. But all the sacrifices made to Sango has not generated one kilowatt of electric power,” he observed.
In his remarks, the Emir of Kano and Chancellor of the University, Muhammadu Sanusi II, urged Nigerians not to use God as an excuse for failure, adding that one “must not attribute to God that which God has left for us.”
“If you want to deal with a recession, there are things you have to do‎, which are set out in economics. You (should) go and do them. Put in the right monetary policy; put in the right fiscal policies; put in the right structural policies and the economy will grow.
“If you continue praying to God to get you out of the recession and you do not put in the right policies, my answer to you is that it is not that there is no God but that this is the evidence that God has not answered your prayer. When God answers your prayer you will do the right things,” Sanusi said.


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