By Gabriel Enogholase Benin
THE 17th Joint Council of Knights Delegates Conference of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) has appealed to the Federal and State governments in the northern part of the country to urgently address the spate of bombings of churches in the region which has resulted in the killing of Christians.
The Conference while also frowning at the high level of unemployment across the country and the attendant negative consequences which have led to youth restiveness, armed robbery, kidnapping, prostitution and other forms of crime, implored the government at all levels to address the issue without delay by creating employment opportunities for the unemployed youths.
The Joint Council of Knights in a communique it issued at the end of its 17th Annual Delegates Conference held in Benin, the Edo State capital and signed by its President- General, Brig- General (Dr.) B.O. Aisien (Rtd), commended the Federal and state governments for the increase in budgetary allocation to the Education sector and called on parents, teachers and the government to reverse the ugly trend of the fallen standard of education in the country.
On corruption, the Conference noted that Nigeria as a nation cannot be transformed if corruption was not tackled and called on all Nigerians to join hands in the crusade against corruption even as it said that the government at all levels must go beyond mere rhetoric in tackling the hydra-headed monster head-on.
On the privatization of the power sector, the Anglican Knights while commending the federal government for addressing the issue of power failure in the country said the privatization process should be fully guided to ensure accelerated and successful completion.
It lamented the unnecessary emphasis on state of origin and described it as counterproductive to the development and growth of the country and therefore recommended that people should be accorded their rights and privileges based on merits wherever they reside.