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Methodist Church, Osun join forces on mechanized farming

The Methodist Church of Nigeria has expressed readiness to partner with the State Government of Osun in her efforts towards strengthening the economy of the state and Nigeria through Agriculture by going into mechanised farming, reports NaijaAgroNet.

Even as the Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has asserted that the only successful nation of the world are those who cultivate the land for agriculture and not those who dig into the land for Oil and other mineral resources.

Prelate Methodist Church Nigeria‎, His Eminence, Dr. Samuel Emeka Kanu Uche during a courtesy visit to the governor at the Governor's office in Osogbo noted that the church is strategising on how to improve the economy of the state through commercial farming that will provide jobs for the youth.

The clergy who pointed out that the state and the nation at large will overcome the present economic hardship like it overcame insurgency in the Northern part of Nigeria.

The Prelate comme‎nded the government of Aregbesola for looking inward on how to take the state forward at the face of the dwindling oil revenue in Nigeria, suggesting to government at all levels the need for proper taxation for the growth of the economy.

He encouraged the governor not to be deterred by critics, saying there is little or nothing that any government can do without the necessary funds.

"If you are kind enough to give us the land and an enabling environment, since it is a business venture, we will definitely pay tax, but as religious body, the church and the mosques, will not pay tax.  Without money, there is less that you can do, I know money will come, I sympathise with you and we are believing that oil prices will soon rise, we shall continue to pray for you and Nigeria,” he said.

Responding, Gov. Aregbesola applauded Methodist Church for wanting to strengthening the economy of the country and that of Osun through agriculture, insisting that nowadays, successful nation's are those tilling the soil for the purpose of planting and living on the produce of the land, adding that such country will never end up miserable or poor.

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