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Clergy calls for efforts to overcome economic challenges

Catholic Bishop of Jalingo Diocese, the Most Rev. Charles Harmawa has called on Nigerians irrespective of party lines to critically examine issues confronting the nation and come out with workable solutions to overcome the daunting economic challenges the country is currently facing.

Harmawa stated this on Wednesday in Jalingo while declaring open the 17th General Assembly of the Catholic Diocese of Jalingo, held at Bishop Baromeo Pastoral Centre, in the Taraba state capital.

According to him, some of the most pressing challenges confronting the nation at the moment were acute fuel scarcity and the general hike in the cost of living, and urged economic experts and others to support the President to overcome the challenges.

He said, “The nation is currently experiencing one of the most difficult times in our national history. The cost of buying fuel and other commodities has gone up sharply. These challenges are not just as a result of decline in oil revenues, but a desperate action by some people against the Nigeria state.

“We must not succumb to frustration. We must stand tough and look at the totality of issues of our existence. We have to shift attention from stomach infrastructure and look towards building a lasting legacy for generations yet unborn.”

The cleric urged the people to depend on God and be open to new realities and possibilities available with a view to addressing the challenges.

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