Tribune, heritage builder —Clergyman •Tasks govt on solution to problems

The Bishop in charge, the Maranatha Chapel International, Bishop Samuel Olumakinde Alawode (left), receiving a copy of the maiden edition of Nigerian Tribune 1949, from the Chief Accountant, African Newspapers of Nigeria (ANN) Plc, Mrs Oluremi Olufisayo, during the cleric’s visit to the Tribune House, Imalefalafia, on Monday. PHOTO: ALOLADE GANIYU

The founder of Maranatha Lord Cometh Ministry International, Ibadan, Bishop Samuel Alawode, has heaped praises on the Nigerian Tribune, describing it as heritage builder in a country where heritage is being destroyed, adding that the company stood strong in truth in its reportage of events.

Bishop Alawode, who gave the commendation during a visit to Tribune House at Imalefalafia, in company with some pastors and administrative members of the church, further praised the chairman and co-chairman of the company, Reverend (Mrs) Omotola Oyediran and Dr Olatokunbo Awolowo Dosumu respectively, for their wisdom and effective management of the company, saying they were worthy examples of women who could do well if given the leadership position in the country.

Bishop Alawode equally praised the current management of the company for their prudence, payment of salaries tireless efforts to keep the company moving in the face of recession, adding that the management was, no doubt, above corruption.

The bishop seized the opportunity to tell Nigerian government at all levels, to start working and stop telling Nigerians there were problems, saying the leaders were voted in to solve problems and not complain further about problems. “Government from Federal to local level should try and solve the problems on ground now. Their telling us we have problems is not acceptable to the people. We knew we had problems, but we voted them in to solve our problems. They should give us answers,” he said.

While urging Nigerians to be patient and hopeful in the face of economic recession, he also advised on the need for people in the country to have multiple sources of income to cushion the effect of recession. “We should create jobs. The reality is that the government can’t pay salaries as and when due,” he said.

Welcoming them on behalf of the chairman and co-chairman as well as the management of the company, the Chief Accountant, Mrs Oluremi Olufisayo, thanked the bishop and his entourage for recognising that Tribune reported truth and was informative, reporting the need of people, saying the church must have done proper investigation to have good knowledge of the company.

She included that Tribune had various brands now to satisfy its readers, especially in this time of economic crisis, saying the company had started spreading to other regions of the country, as it now had an office in Abuja.

She expressed surprise at the award the church nominated Mr Dickson for, saying it would add to the image of the company.

In a customary manner, the chief accountant presented the first copy of the Nigerian Tribune to the visitors.