The Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Ebonyi State chapter, Rev Fr. Dr. Abraham Nwali has called for the reduction of political office holders’ allowances and reiterated that politics should not be made a profit-making enterprise so that there would be diversification of means of livelihood in the country.
Rev. Fr. Nwali who is also the Senior Special Adviser (SSA) to Governor David Umahi on Religious Matters, made the call on Tuesday at International Conference Centre (ICC), Abakaliki while delivering the 2019 Democracy Day Lecture with the theme ‘Alternative opportunities for Political Appointments and Elective Positions’.
According to Fr. Nwali, some Nigerians see political appointments as the only hope of a common man, but it is a wrong notion as there are other better chances of survival in life than that.
According to Fr. Nwali, Federal and Ebonyi State government should think outside the box by making politics none enterprise and allowances of appointees should be sliced into half so that people can venture into other means of livelihood.
He challenged the current political appointees who may not be absorbed into second tenure to go back to their profession while unprofessional in the system should go into skill and entrepreneurship and should not see life as a miserable venture when they leave office.
He further urged politicians to have political policy and principle and stop jumping from one party to the other.
Fr. Nwali noted that the world has been revolutionalized and they should return to mechanized farming. As such, people should return to forestry, fish farming among others as it could provide sources of living to man.
Another guest lecturer, Dr. Mark Abani on his part urged the political office holders to venture into other source of livelihood while in office.
Gov. David Umahi represented by his deputy Dr. Kelechi Igwe commended the guest lecturers, noting that the lecture was an eye opener to the state government and political appointees.
Prof. J. C. Uneke of Ebonyi State University, Chief Judge of Ebonyi State, Justice Alloy Nwankwo, and Vice Chairman PDP South East, Austin Umahi were among the dignitaries that graced the event.