Peace, unity key to industrialisation, economic growth – Minister

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The Minister of State for Science, Technology and Innovation, Chief Henry Ikechukwu Ikoh, has called on Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of peace and unity between one another.

Chief Ikoh emphasised that the quest for accelerated development and growth of the nation won’t be achieved without peace and unity.

The minister made the call at the FCT Igbo Annual Praise/Worship and Prayer Summit, themed: ‘TRUST and OBEY’ held recently at the Chief M.K.O Abiola Stadium, Abuja.

A press statement signed by the Deputy Director Public Relations in the ministry, Mr. Atuora Obed, quoted the minister as saying that “peace and unity are the necessary tools for national development and industrialisation, which encourage job creation, reduction in unemployment, crime, youth restiveness as well as enhancement of economic growth for self-reliance of any nation, Nigeria inclusive.”

The minister stated that the Igbo have national potentials for socio-economic stability and growth of the country and enjoined them to work in concert with other Nigerians in order to achieve the desired goal of the country.

Chief Ikoh admonished Nigerians to embrace President Muhammadu Buhari’s agenda of making the country to be more dependent on her products and use them in order to discourage importation, create wealth as well as boost the national economy.

He commended the organisers of the prayer summit and called on Nigerians and lovers of the country to practice what they pray for, adding that God can only answer our genuine prayers whenever we practice them.

Speaking, Senator Philip Tanimu Duda, who was represented by Hon Dalhatu Ezekiel, commended the organisers, stating that the Igbo race is a unique one.

He added that he had no record of any crisis or violence in the FCT that was caused by Igbo people.

The Director- General of the Nigerian Building and Road Research Institute, Professor Samson Duna, commended the Igbo for organising the worship and prayer for the year and prayed that God in his infinite mercy will help our nation

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