Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, says natural resources alone cannot take Nigeria to its desired prosperity.
The Governor, who spoke during a Church Service in respect of the 2020 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration, held at Cathedral of St. Peter, Aremo, Ibadan, said education and human capital development would remain the top priority of his Administration.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, quoted Governor Makinde as saying that no country of the world became prosperous by merely relying on natural resources.
Governor Makinde said “knowledge is power and that is why, in this administration, education will still remain top priority;” adding that the Nigerian Armed Forces has sacrificed heavily, including making supreme sacrifices for the peace and unity of Nigeria.
The Governor said the effective management and usage of the Country’s natural resources by those at the helms of affairs of this country was the only thing that could take Nigeria out of poverty.
Governor Makinde charged Nigerians to emulate the Armed Forces by organising themselves and doing the right thing at the right time, adding that citizens should look beyond the natural resources God has given the country and utilise the talents inherent in each individual, because that is what can take this country out of poverty.
He, therefore, wished the members of Nigerian Armed Forces and their families a fruitful celebration and pledged the continuous support of his administration.
Earlier in his sermon, the Archbishop of Ibadan Province, Most Reverend Segun Okubadejo, appreciated the members of the Nigerians Armed Forces for protecting the lives and properties of Nigerian Citizens; admonishing them to always put God first in all their dealings, even as he maintained that members of the Armed Forces were known to be indispensable in the society.
Personalities that attended the service included the wife of the Governor, Mrs Tamunominini Makinde; the Secretary to the State Government, Mrs Olubamiwo Adeosun; Deputy Chief of Staff, Hon. Mojeed Mogbonjubola; General Officer Commanding 2 Division, Nigerian Army, Major-General A.B. Omozoje; Commander 2 Division Garrison, Nigerian Army, Brigadier-General O.O. Soyele; Chairman Nigerian Legion, Oyo State Command, Deacon Michael Fajimi; Military Officers, members of Paramilitary Organizations and many top Government officials.