Enugu Anglicans express worry over economy
Cleric urges govt to protect democracy
Enugu Diocese of the Anglican Communion has expressed worry over the poor state of the nation’s economy, on account of the ongoing Federal Government’s fight against corruption, saying government must address good governance to alleviate the hardship on the masses.
It stated this in a communiqué released at the end of the 2nd session of its sixteenth Synod yesterday.
The communiqué signed by the Archbishop of Enugu Diocese, Emmanuel Chukwuma, Registrar, Sir HBC Ogboko and Secretary Ven. ANC Orah, also rejected the proposed National Grazing Routes and Reserves Commission bill now before the National Assembly.
The diocese said rearing cattle is a private enterprise that should not be made the responsibility of government. It urged them to build ranches and put a stop to being wandering herdsmen.
The synod also deplored the renewed militancy in the Niger Delta and called on the agitators to lay down their arms, while the Federal Government finds solution to their grievances through constructive dialogue.
It condemned the crisis in the health sector and called on government to declare “a state of emergency in the sector in order to address the issues of proper staff remunerations and upgrade of health facilities.”
The communiqué commended the recent scrapping of post University and Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME), stating however that the institutions must not use the screening exercise to replace the post UTME to extort candidates.
On foreign exchange policy, the synod lauded the government for allowing market forces to determine the price of foreign exchange, while appealing for palliative measures to cushion the multiplier effects of the increase in price of goods and services on the masses.
Meanwhile, arising from the crisis of confidence between the legislative and executive arms of government, the Anglican Bishop of Egbu Diocese, Geoffrey Okorafor, has counseled them to strike the needed synergy in order to protect the nation’s democracy.
Okorafor said this at St. John’s Anglican Church, Umuowa, at the Eucharistic Service of confirmation, admissions and induction for Umuowa/Ihitte Parish.
While asking them to ensure the stability of the country, he described the current crisis of confidence as “shameful and embarrassing.” He warned both arms to stop embarrassing the nation, saying, it was capable of creating unnecessary distractions in government.
He also expressed worry that Imo North Senatorial zone and three state constituencies have remained without representatives at the senate and state assembly, 16 months after the election tribunals nullified their elections in 2015.