Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state has called for prayers from religious bodies to end recession adding the peaceful conduct of the gubernatorial election in the state was as a result of prayers.
Obaseki made the call on Tuesday in Benin when the General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Ministry, Pastor Williams Kumuyi paid him a courtesy visit in Government.
Obaseki who was represented by his Deputy, Mr Philip Shaibu said Pastor Kumuyi’s visit to the State was apt and a divine call.
According to him ” In our state we have a brand new Oba, in the person of Oba Ewaure II, and a brand new leadership. We believe that with this programme – showers of blessing – God’s hand is in Edo, and as a state we would want to tap from the anointing.
“Though we have recession in the country now, we believe it will end. We want you to pray for the state and the country so that the recession will end”, he said.
The governor also disclosed that government was putting emphasis on job creation, noting that though the administration was just few weeks old, but steps taken so far would ensure that all electioneering promises would be kept.
He further appreciated the prayers of the churches during the last governorship election in the state, saying it was the first time in the history of the State where election had been conducted peacefully without any recorded incidence of violence.
His words, “We want to appreciate your prayers during the last governorship election in the state. It is the first time in the history of the State that election was conducted peacefully without any recorded incidence of violence in the State. We will continue to rely on your prayers and counseling”, Obaseki further said.
Earlier Pastor Kumuyi said that he was in the state for his congregation mass gathering and to be a blessing to the state.
He disclosed that he had been to the state previously in the year and was in the State again to end the year with the State.
He said the theme of the programme that brought him to the state was “Showers of Blessings”.
He said with the programme he was optimistic that showers of Blessings would begin to fall in the state and the ministry would want to partner with the government in order to be source of blessing to the State.
He noted that with the antecedents of the immediate past administration in developing the state he was impressed with the commencement of work by the Obaseki led administration.
He said already the government had started well by revamping institutions that were down and advised that education should also be prioritise.