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Give us factories, not universities – Most Rev. Okoro tells govt

The Archbishop and Bishop of Anglican Diocese of Orlu, Most Rev. Bennet C.I. Okoro, PhD, JP has called for the establishment of more industries instead of more universities to absorb the myriads of unemployed Nigerian graduates.
Obviously touched by the plight of Nigerian youths, he recounted in his presidential address at the recent Orlu Diocesan Synod held at St Andrew’s Church, Orsuihiteukwa, Orsu LGA, in Imo State, what they have been passing through in recent times.
“Most of our youths in search of jobs have sank in the Mediterranean Sea and others are suffocating in the scorching sun of the Sahara Desert in search of non-existent jobs”, he lamented as he enjoined the government to address the unemployment issue.
On other national issues, Archbishop Okoro described the violent Fulani herdsmen as the “deadliest terrorists in the world today,” calling for the checking of their excesses and restricting them to ranches for grazing than the present unrestrained ubiquitous grazing madness.”
He said the anticorruption crusade is a welcome development whereby “looters should be punished according to law and their loots and their loots forfeited.
But the Archbishop counseled the federal government to embark on and initiate sound economic and political policies that will benefit the citizenry, adding also that “dwelling on the mistakes of the past regime will be counterproductive”.
Most Rev. Okoro made reference to the free-for-all fight among the legislators in the Nasarawa State House of Assembly and the National Assembly describing it as dishonourable and likened it to the “daily brigandage in our motor parks where touts violently scramble for passengers.
On Imo State, he commended the government for combating armed robbery and kidnapping but called on the government to pay workers and pensioners promptly and to fix the roads in the state before the advent of the rains in full force which could cause havoc in communities.

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