Anglican Bishop of Ngbo Diocese, Ohaukwu Local Government Area of Ebonyi state, Rev. Godwin Awoke has commended the Federal Government and organized labour for reaching agreement on the protracted impasse over adjustment arising from N30,000 minimum wage and called on the federal and states governments to ensure speedy implementation and payment of the new minimum wage to reduce workers sufferings in the country
The clergy also appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari to re-open Nigerian Borders in the interest of the nation’s economy as the closure of the border has both positive and negative impact on the masses.
He spoke during first session of the 5th synod of the Church of Nigeria, Ngbo Diocese.
Rev. Awoke said the people of Nigeria are passing through pains, sufferings, economic hardship as result of border closure and urge the President to as a matter of urgency re-open the borders.
He expressed dismay at one – sided appointment of key political office holders in the country which has made some ethnic group suffer marginalization, such lopsided appointments also offends the principles of federal character and affects the unity of the country.
On insecurity of the country, He said, “The synod is concerned with the dwindling security situations in Nigeria as result of the activities of Armed banditry, Boko Haram insurgency, kidnapping, farmers/ herders’ clash, cultism etc and then urges government to do more in the area of security as the protection of lives and properties of the citizens is the primary responsibility of every government”.
In a sermon, the Guest preacher and Bishop of Ogbaru Diocese, Rev. Prosper Amah described Godfatherism as bane of Nigerian politics.
He noted that occupiers of positions of authority now listen to the instructions of their Godfathers rather than the pressing needs of the people which according to him affect the delivery of dividends of democracy.