*Receives Knight of John Wesley (KJW) awards
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Former Ogun State Head of Service, Princess Iyabode Odulate has tasked religious bodies particularly the church to mentor and build future leaders for the country
Princess Odulate gave the charge in Ibadan on Sunday, while speaking at The Wesley Methodist Church Elekuro, where she was honoured with the Knight of John Wesley (KJW) awards
She stressed that out there, “we have a lot of rot and people still believe in the clergy, thereby giving them the opportunity of shaping lives of so many people.
” My message to the church is that they should try to mentor, build leaders. Out there, we have a lot of rots and people still believe in the clergy, and for them they have the opportunity of shaping lives of so many people, it has not gotten to the stage that people don’t listen to them”, she said.
Princess Odulate added, ” in that wise, I want the church to be proactive, don’t look at them as youth, it is the youths of today that will become the elders of tomorrow but if we do not mode them into the right way that is why we will start having all sorts of elders, so I’m appealing to the church not to give up, they should continue to preach the gospel and evangelize, going to the nooks and crannies and bring worthy ambassadors to the fold of God.”
“If you go to so many churches it is the youth that are cutting the shots, so you cannot judge people based on what people are saying on the media, when you go out there, you will see some of them they do not have money, but they’re very committed to the work of God, don’t let us leave them to the dustbin.
” Let us continue to work on those that are good, bring them to our side m, they will affect those that are not too good for now. I happened to be a permanent secretary in the ministry of education for good eight years and I know how much of them that are even cultists that have brought back from their wayward style of life”.
The former Ogun state Head of Service, stressed, “So, don’t give them up, they will be fine by the time we allow them to speak up their minds, let them voice out, that is when you will be able to help them, if you don’t know what is wrong with them ,you cannot give them the pill for the ailment”.
She maintained, “some of us push them away, we believe they are not good, and that is not the right thing to do, I believe in the youth of this country and I will forever continue to encourage them whenever I found myself.
Speaking on the award, Princess Odulate said, “The award is a crowning glory, because I have had over 250 awards in my life, but this has to do with the church, and once you serve God, you’re serving humanity, and the more you serve the more work you have to do, so I know my God will give me the strength to forge forward in the service of evangelism and humanity.”
“My message to the younger ones is that they should start early, you cannot get to this place by saying you have money or anything, we started from the choir side of the church, from there we were been groomed by the elderly people of the church and I became presidents of so many societies not even in the Methodist church alone, I have fountain of Hope in Anglican and some other churches, but is the same God that we all serve but recognition come at the God chosen time, and I’m happy that this one is coming after thirteen years of my retirement, so I will have enough time to devote to my God and my community and all and sundry.”
The Methodist Bishop of Owerri, the Right Rev. Dennis Mark, in his sermon titled:”Reward for Good Work is More Work”, urged the awardees to use themselves for kingdom business and do more by
providing good leadership anywhere they found themselves and use their position to the glory of God.
Among those that received the awards are the Oyo State First Lady, Engr. Mrs. Tanmunominin Olufunke Makinde, Engr. Dotun Sanusi the Chef Executive Officer of Ilaji Hotel and Resort among others.