By CALEB AYANSINA
ABUJA – THE Federal Government on Sunday cited rising security challenge across the northern part of the country as the prime reason why it hasn’t completed the payment of compensation to the victims of post-election violence in the country.
But as the delay continues, the Anglican Church has called for the inclusion of religious bodies and civil society groups in the implementation committee.
President Goodluck Jonathan gave the reason at the just concluded 3rd Session of the 8th Synod of the Diocese of Abuja Anglican Communion in Abuja.
The President, who was represented by the Minister of Housing and Urban Development, Ama Pepple, disclosed that out of 14 states affected by the post-election violence, according to the Lemo panel report, evaluation of properties had been concluded in 11 states and that the victims would soon be paid.
Meanwhile, the Primate, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh has canvassed for the inclusion of faith-based organisations as well as NGOs as managers of the relief materials and funds meant for the victims to ensure that the monies get to the real victims.
Okoh said the call had become necessary to avoid what happened in the implementation of the flood disaster relief materials and funds, when some people in the corridors of power diverted the money, thereby aggravating the pains of the victims.
Also speaking, the chairman of the Synod and former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon rtd, called on the leadership of the Church of Nigeria to review its stand on female ordination, insisting that, the reason for their exclusion remains unconvincing.
According to him, “it is a fact that stewards are not enough in number for the kingdom work at hand; the harvest is at hand, but the labourers are few. Sometimes, the reason is not for want of volunteers but in the lack of sufficient encouragement of those who offer to serve.
It is for this reason that I call for a review of the position of the Anglican Communion on female ordination. Male or female, I believe we are one in the Body of Christ Jesus. I remain to be convinced that there are scriptural basis for the exclusion of women from being ordained as priests other than the old orthodox Jewish customs.”