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Cleric decries high rate of industrial dispute

By Chidi Nkwopara

OWERRI—Bishop of the Diocese of Okigwe South, Anglican Communion, Rt. Rev. David O.C. Onuoha, has lamented that industrial disputes were becoming a regular feature in the country’s national life.

Onuoha made the lamentation in his presidential address at the first session of the sixth synod held at Saint Peter’s Church, Umuariam, Obowo Local Government Area of Imo State.

“The poor handling of these disputes has resulted in frequent strikes which unions embark upon. We are worried that every month, one union or the other is going on strike,” Bishop Onuoha fumed.

Recalling with grief that Nigeria has experienced industrial disputes that led to the closure of educational institutions, Onuoha said that health personnel embarking on strike was a clear indication that Nigeria was very sick.

“A critical and objective reflection on this development will show that these strikes are reactionary. The apparent injustice inherent in our nation is the root cause of all these,” Onuoha said.


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