By Raymond Osho
The Iyalode of Yorubaland, Chief (Mrs.) Alaba Lawson has made a clarion call to the private sector to, as a matter of urgency partner with the Federal Government to tackle the economic challenges rocking the country.
To this end, the academia opined that the country’s dwindling economy could only be rejuvenated through the private sector’s intervention.
Lawson spoke at the weekend during her Annual Thanksgiving Service held at the Cathedral of St. Peter’s Church, Ake, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
The Thanksgiving Service was held in appreciation of God’s glory for the succeasul completion of the Iyalode two-year tenure as the first female President of the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA).
The former NACCIMA President, while speaking to journalists lamented that the private sector should also render support to owners of Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) to boost their businesses.
Her words: “The organised private sector should support the Nigerian government in the fight to surmount economic challenges in the country. This is my advise. This is the only way we can tackle economic challenges.”
Earlier in his words, the Provost of the Cathedral, Revd. Adeyemi Adeniji urged leaders in the country to make use of their leadership positions for the goodwill of the people, stressing that they (leaders) would give account of their work.
While reading from Matthew 25:14-30, with the theme: “Be A Good Instrument”, Adeniji said “For the purpose of making a good report and reckoning when the time comes there will also be a time when we will give reports of our dealings when on earth, so everyone must make use of the talents that he or she is given by God.”
“Christian faithfuls should also endeavour to make use of their God’s given talents for the purpose of making change in the society”, he added.
Revd. Adeniji also described the Iyalode as a fellow worthy of emulation.