By Boluwaji Obahopo
LOKOJA—The Anglican Church, Ijumu Diocese, in Kogi State, has called on the Federal Government to stop paying lip service and show sincere commitment to its promises to diversify the economy through agriculture.
In a communique issued at the end of its Third Synod at Ayere, in Ijumu Local Government Area of the state, by the President of the Synod, Rt. Rev Ezekiel Ikupolati, the church said that despite the smooth change of government, Nigerians were still suffering.
The synod also decried the alarming rate of graduates and skilled unemployed youths roaming the streets, with little or no efforts to tackle the situation by government. It urged government at all levels to take concrete measures to arrest the situation.
The communique read: “The Synod also observes the epileptic supply of electricity in our country as a whole. Synod then urges government and stakeholders in the sector to make sure that power is restored without delay.
“Synod also observed that the lopsided approach of government to security leaves much to be desired. Appointment into government service is one-sided and religious-biased.
“Fulani’s destruction of people is unchecked. Synod frowns on all these developments and directs that government should balance the various appointments in accordance with the geo-political zones and among all religions.
“The Synod laments the deplorable conditions of state roads and the numbers of souls that have been unnecessarily wasted, hence Synod urges government to see to their timely rehabilitation.
“The Synod also observes the unending screening of workers, non-payment of workers’ salary and putting the retirees in a state of melancholy. Synod urges government to do something as a matter of urgency to rectify the situation.”