Pay workers, pensioners now – Bishop urges state govts

Anglican Bishop of  Egbu, Rt. Rev. Geoffrey Okorafor has urged state governments to offset the backlog of salaries and allowances owed their workers and pensioners.
Bishop Okorafor who gave the advice during a Eucharistic service of confirmation, admission and induction for Emekuku Parish at St. Stephen’s  Church  Emekuku  in Owerri North LGA, Imo State, said it was appalling  that only nine states in the Federation could boast of full payment of salaries to its workers.
He wondered the essence of democracy when civil servants were being owed salaries and pensioners  their due entitlements.  He called on the 27 state governments  still owing their workers and pensioners to rise up to the challenge, ensuring that they paid up every outstanding salaries and pensions, with the expectant release of the second tranche  of the Paris Club loan refund.
He maintained  that it was against the ethics of both International and local labour laws to owe workers,  insisting that labourers were entitled to their wages.
Bishop Okorafor encouraged  Christians to always identify with their home hurches making sure they reinvigorated their  membership regularly, while also being strong and active where they reside. He applauded the spirit of togetherness amongst the Church workers in the parish, noting that it reflected tolerance and harmony in the place and  commended the Vicar, Rev. Canon  Emmanuel Ahumibe and the wife, Mrs Chimdiuto Ahumibe for their leadership roles.

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