The Minister of State, Budget and National planning, Clement Agba, has stated the Federal Government is committed to building a strong economy that will place the nation on the path of sustainable growth.
The minister stated this on Saturday at the 3rd Moses Orimolade Memorial Lecture held at the Airport Hotel, Ikeja Lagos.
A statement by the church quoted the minister as saying, “National development is a central concern of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration. This administration has put in place a number of policy programmes to stimulate growth and is committed to inaugurate a new national development plan.
“Nigeria has experienced a good GDP growth and the FG is committed to the philosophy of national development of sustainable growth, job creation and national policy that promote development. National development will continue to succeed.”
He urged religious bodies to serve as the conscience of the nation.
At the lecture, which had the theme, ‘Sustaining national development: The place of religion and religious organizations,’ the Prelate, Eternal Sacred Order of the Cherubim and Seraphim Church Worldwide, Dr David Bob-Manuel, urged religious bodies to put love first in all their deeds.
He said, “For Nigeria to experience development, it is pertinent we must grow our love for each other. I urge us therefore to forgive one another, be patient with one another and always display a level of kindness.
“As Christians, we must be united by our faith; we must eschew segregation, discrimination and other unwholesome mannerism and build a bond of love, unity and sacrificial giving. We should work for the peace of the church and shun activities that will promote division.”
Earlier, the National and Regional Development Expert, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Prof. Kayode Oyesiku, in his lecture, said, development in every society must be inclusive.
“Achieving an inclusive developed society, the majority that are left behinds: women, children, physically challenged and vulnerable must be the target of our goal and put effort towards total development of our society.
“I urge religious organisations to strengthen the development of the society through peaceful, just and inclusive membership that can change the environment and the world.”