Selective payment of workers worries prelate

Anglican Bishop of Egbu, Rt. Rev. Geoffrey Okorafor, has expressed worry that despite the bail out funds from the federal government to states, several states are still owing workers.
He noted that industrial harmony is threatened and the economy adversely affected by the situation while the polity is heated.
The bishop was speaking during a Eucharistic service of confirmation, admission and induction for Emii Parish at Emmanuel Anglican Church, Emii, Owerri North Local Government Area of Imo State.
Bishop Okorafor who was particularly irked by the disparity in the payment of salary arrears in Imo State, lamented that parastatals and pensioners were yet to be paid, especially retired primary school teachers.
He also decried the inordinate ambition, among Nigerians, to get rich quick, a situation that has lured youths into various crimes and heightened insecurity in the land.
He noted with regret a recent survey that placed Nigeria with the highest  record of kidnapping world over. He observed that the issue of kidnapping was no longer prevalent only in South South and South East but virtually cutting across all zones of the country.
While appreciating the efforts of the Police and other security agencies in trying to curb the menace, the Bishop said they need to do more, adding that the state of insecurity in the country was taking dangerous dimension. He wondered if these hoodlums could overwhelm the state and its apparatus, stressing that these faceless gangsters have greatly dented the image of Nigeria among the comity of nations.
He said all Nigerians need now was the grace of God in order to overcome the predicaments facing the nation, especially at these ‘Ember’ months and urged for the unrelenting  prayers of all faithful.
The Bishop applauded the Vicar, and Archdeacon  Ven. Morrison Nwoke, his wife  Lois, the clerics and other Church workers in the parish for assembling the number of candidates presented during admission into the various five arms of the Church.
Earlier  in his  sermon, the Bishop’s Chaplain, Rev Progress  Okoroafor advised  Christians to resist being distracted in their service to God and His Church. He noted that some of the problems plaguing the country were attributable to the diversion in programme and polices of government at the flimsest reason.
Siting the Biblical case in Nehemiah 6 verse 3 following, Rev Okoroafor averred that for the nation to move forward it should put aside every element capable  of causing any distraction in it’s policies and programme, stressing that Nehemiah was able to rebuild the wall because he resisted being distracted.
While enumerating such elements in their lives that constitute distractions to their services in the House of God, he particularly cautioned against bringing village politics to the Church adding that nothing slows down the growth of any Church as allowing such local accrimonies to creep into the Church.

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