Anglican Church in Abia State warns Governor not to Sack its indigenes

The Anglican Church Nigeria has cautioned Abia state governor, Alex Otti, regarding the extensive downsizing of civil servants in the state. The Church expressed concern that this action has exacerbated hardship in society and has contributed to rising unemployment and social problems in the region.

While advising the governor to fulfill his campaign promises and reconsider the layoff of workers, the church clarified that it does not endorse the last-minute surge in employment made by the previous administration in the state. This message was conveyed in a statement issued after the 3rd session of its 17th synod in Aba, signed by the Bishop of Aba Diocese, Anglican Communion, Rt. Reverend Christian Ugwuzo, and the clerical synod secretary, Venerable Innocent Ogbonna.

The church encouraged the state government to explore avenues for development, such as constructing modular refineries in the oil-producing regions of the state, establishing air and sea ports, promoting tourism, and encouraging local industrialization. This, they believe, would stimulate the economy, create job opportunities, and enhance the overall well-being of residents.

The synod, comprising 12 Bishops, 147 clergymen, and 203 members of the house of laity who participated in the golden jubilee anniversary of the Diocese, also expressed dismay at the sudden removal of petroleum subsidy without sufficient preparations to mitigate its adverse effects on the economy and citizens’ lives.

The church also lamented the poor state of most roads in Aba, highlighting how it has negatively impacted businesses, increased hardship, posed health risks, and heightened insecurity in the city. They urged both the federal and state governments to declare a state of emergency on the roads in Aba, particularly on routes like Port Harcourt, Ohanku, Obohia, and others in Aba and its surroundings.

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Additionally, the synod strongly condemned the government’s escalating borrowing trend and the resulting high debt burden, which poses significant economic risks for both current and future generations in Nigeria. They also expressed concern about the frequent strikes in tertiary institutions, rising tuition fees, and the costs associated with academic materials and accommodations, calling for urgent intervention by the Federal government in the educational sector.

The synod also decried the growing use of illicit drugs in society and its potential harm to future generations. They called on everyone to participate in the campaign against all forms of substance abuse.

Lastly, the synod encouraged Nigerians not to be disheartened by the outcome of the 2023 general elections, but rather to maintain faith in God and lead a life centered on Christ.

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