Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has said growth in Nigeriaâ€™s population will continue to pose a threat until there are commensurate efforts to provide amenities.
He spoke yesterday at the 70th birthday and retirement thanksgiving service organised in honour of Prof. Sam Ukala at Our Saviour â€˜s Chapel, Delta State University, Abraka.
â€œA nation that prides itself on number instead of the quality of life of the people is heavily challenged,â€ the governor said.
He asserted: â€œWe are celebrating high numbers at a time when our economy is not in the best of state, so, there is a huge problem because, for so many years, there has been dysfunctionality in terms of our economic growth and the growth of the population.
â€œEven when our gross domestic product (GDP) tended to be high, it was still dysfunctional because it was GDP that flowed from oil production and sales of oil and oil production does not create jobs comparatively, so, there is something wrong and until we begin to look at all the issues, it will continue to be a problem,â€ he added while calling on Nigerians to reduce the children they bore.
The governor congratulated Ukala and urged him and other retirees to engage in mentorship
â€œA lot of our people are looking for role models, and we need a lot of retirees to guide the younger generation,â€ he said,Â adding that clergymen should also pray for God to direct the affairs of the nation.
Okowa who was accompanied to the service by top political office holders also decried the level of cultism in institutions of higher learning in the country, saying Christians in such institutions should embark on evangelism to change the minds of such students.
Rev. Cannon Obed Chukwuka at a sermon decried unrighteousness in the country which has hindered the growth of the country.
â€œNigeria as a nation is in terrible time, you are not sure of going to church without being killed, more blood have been shed in recent times, nepotism as it exist in this country is corruption and we pray for new breed of leaders,â€ Rev. Chukwuka said.