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Anglican synod bemoans high cost of governance

By DAYO JOHNSON
Akure— Diocese of the Anglican Communion Monday expressed concern over the high cost of governance in the Country.
The Bishop of the Diocese, Rev Michael Ipinmoye, in a statement at the end of its second session of the tenth synod, said the high cost governance was responsible for governments’ inability to meet its obligation to the people.

The cleric argued that the over bloated government structure was also the reason why state governors were claiming that they could not pay the N18, 000 minimum wage to its workers and called on governments at all levels to reduce the number of ministers, commissioners and special advisers and others.

He said legislators at local, state and federal levels should “earn sitting allowance based on their days of meeting and activities rather than the present payment of salaries and emoluments that gulp disproportionate percentage of government revenue.”

According to him the church advised “the Federal government to put in place true federalism, devolve more responsibilities to the states and local government and reduce its share of the federal revenue in favour of state and local governments.”

Ipinmoye said the breakdown of infrastructural facilities in the county especially electricity, water supply and transportation and called on the federal government to concentrate on improving the power and transportation sectors of the economy.

The Bishop called on the Federal government to brace up and address the security challenge in the country to safeguard life and property of citizens.

On the posting of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members from the southern parts of the country to the north, the Clergy man supported the restriction to their state of origins.

According to him, “if the federal government must insist on NYSC scheme, only Northerners should be made to serve their fatherland in their domain while Southerners should serve in any part of the south. There is no point posting Southerners to the North only for them to be killed. Yoruba and Igbo can stay together than the Northerners. President Goodluck Jonathan should implement our suggestion of not posting our children to volatile regions of the North.”


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