Fast-track conversation of illegal refineries – Okigwe Synod tells FG

The Federal Government has been urged to fast-track the conversion of refineries considered illegal to modular refineries.
This was part of the eight-point communiqué issued at the end of the 3rd Session of the 3rd Synod of the Anglican Diocese of Okigwe, recently, at the Cathedral Church of St. Barnabas, Okigwe, Imo State.
The synod, in the communiqué, observed that converting these refineries would discourage the proliferation of illegal refineries, in the Niger Delta, minimize crude oil theft, encourage local manpower training and reduce the heavy dependence on imported refined products as well as restore peace in the Niger Delta.
The Synod, in strong terms, lamented the economic hardship the people face, leading them to despair and suicide, and   urged the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, to urgently address the issue.
While commending the Federal Government for its bold steps in tackling corruption, the session urged the government not to make it lopsided and to invest recovered funds wisely.
According to the communiqué signed by the Bishop of the Diocese, Rt. Rev. Edward Osuegbu PhD, JP, the Clerical Synod Secretary (CSS) Rev. Ephraim Oraguzie and the Chancellor Sir Abed Anyadike, the Synod also called for immediate halt of hate speeches among various ethnic groups and the Fulani herdsmen menace, urging also the immediate restructuring of the nation.
It noted the free education in Imo State, the ongoing work on the Imo State University School of Engineering in Umuna Okigwe, among other laudable projects, and urged their speedy completion.
Synod, however, decried the “undefined system of governance, non-payment of pensions and gratuities” as well as the pay cut imposed on pensioners by the state government.
In its resolutions, it urged Christians to renounce cultism, idolatry, sexual per versions, as the theme of the synod is “who is on the Lord’s side?
Deliverance, the synod stated, should be emphasized in church ministry.
The Synod thanked Bishop Osuegbu and his wife and applauded him for choosing a theme that addresses the prevalent syncretism and religious confusion as well as for projects in the diocese.

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