The Ondo State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko, has urged artisans in the state to use their skills to create wealth, especially at this challenging period in the country.
The governor said this on Sunday at a thanksgiving service of the Artisans’ Group, which was held at the Act of the Apostle Church International in Akure.
Mimiko, who described the artisans as the bedrock of the nation’s economy, charged them to work hard and utilise their skills to take the nation to the next level of development.
The governor, who noted that God had blessed Nigeria with abundant natural resources and that the nation could survive without oil, however, added that “there is need for Nigerians to work harder in the New Year.”
He added, “This year will be a year of prosperity and possibilities for Nigeria. The joy of the Lord is our strength, the joy is the assurance that God is with us even without fuel.”
The governor assured the artisans that his administration would continue to assist and support the group, stressing that their cooperation was necessary for peace and development of the state.
Earlier, the General Superintendent of the Acts of the Apostles Church International, Apostle Zaccheus Adeboriota, had advised Nigerians in his sermon to make the word of God the pillar of their lives and they should work in the fear of the Lord in 2016 to achieve success.
The cleric attributed the predicament of Nigeria to lack of the fear of God and gross disobedience of the law. This, he said, was responsible for premature death and other social vices.