The Anglican Diocese of Oru has vehemently, kicked against federal government’s policy to establish Al-majiri schools with the attendant mosques in every part of the country including the South East observing that the problem that gives rise to the Al-Majiris are inapplicable in the zone.
In a 10-point communiqué after their 2012 Diocesan Synod at St. Bartholomew’s Church, Nempi, the delegates observed that the move is a subtle way to islamise Nigeria.
Furthermore, the synod noted with serious concern an alleged influx into the South East of Al-majiris under the pretext that they were running away from the boko haram sect and called on security agencies to investigate the allegation while the Synod alerted Christians to be security-conscious.
The Synod noted Federal Government’s allocation of 500 million dollars as loan to farmers for food production but urged government to ensure that only genuine farmers benefited from the scheme as they expressed belief that if well handled, the programme would revive agriculture as a major employer of labour.
While expressing satisfaction with the free education programme of the Imo State government, Oru Diocese suggested three ways to make the scheme better including the employment of more teachers to take care of population explosion in the schools, the provision of text books to school children on time and the discontinuation of the payment of stipends to school children “because it introduces wrong value among the children”.
Again, the delegates advised that the community Government Council (CGC), should not be implemented in a hurry “to ensure that appropriate structures are put in place for its smooth take off and sustenance”.