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PRESS RELEASE 29th
Biafra, Conference Report …
The Presbyterian Church of
Nigeria has called on the Federal Government to immediately set the machinery
in motion to holistically deal with and resolve the issues bordering on the
marginalization and neglect of the South-East geo-political zone as a measure
to stem the rising tide of pro-Biafra agitations in the South-East and South-South
zones of Nigeria.
In a communiqué issued at the end
of the General Assembly Executive Committee (GAEC) of the Church held in
Calabar, Cross River State, the Church said the agitations posed a serious
threat to the unity of Nigeria as a nation. It therefore called on the
agitators to give peace a chance in the overall interest of a unified Nigeria.
The Church said the recent
acknowledgement by the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo that the worst
problem plaguing the people of the South-East geo-political zone was the failed
network of roads underscored the neglect by the Federal Government of the
South-East zone in terms of developmental projects. The Church listed such
major failed roads in the South-East and South-South as the Onitsha-Enugu, Enugu-Port
Harcourt, Owerri-Port Harcourt, Umuahia-Arochukwu as well as the Aba-Calabar,
Calabar-Ogoja, Uyo-Port Harcourt and East-West expressways. Other failed roads
in other parts of the country included the Shagamu-Ore-Benin,
Benin-Auchi-Okene-Lokoja and Mokwa-Jebba highways. The Church urged the Government to take
advantage of the present dry season to repair the roads and also improve on
other modes of transport in the country such as the waterways and railways as a
good transport system would stimulate socio-economic activities and help to
grow the economy.
The communiqué, jointly signed by
the Prelate and Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church, Most Rev.
Prof. Emele Uka and the Principal Clerk, Rev. Eseme William, noted the agitations
in some quarters for the restructuring of the nation for peace and progress in
the face of obvious imbalances. The Church stressed the urgent need for the
implementation of the report of the 2014 National Conference which addressed a
wide range of problems that beset the nation such as resource control, the
equitable distribution of power among the component groups, national security,
the secular status of Nigeria, the frequency of religious crises, the reduction
of the cost of governance, the rising menace of Fulani herdsmen attacks etc.
The Church stated that the urgent implementation of the report would create the
enabling environment for the peaceful co-existence of the people of this nation
in the light of true federalism and equity, among other major issues.
According to a statement issued
on the communiqué by the Church’s Director of Information & Public Affairs,
Rev. Kalu Eme, the Church noted with relief President Buhari’s recent
proclamation that his administration would focus on infrastructural development
and the diversification of the economy. In
this regard, the Church urged the Government to provide a conducive environment
for investments through the provision of good roads, water, security and a
steady electricity supply. With the crash in the international oil market
resulting in the sharp drop in Nigeria’s oil revenues, the Government should
commit itself to an effective diversification of the economy through
agriculture and the revamping of the nation’s comatose industries as a measure
to stimulate economic growth and employment.
On the current spate of petroleum
products scarcity in parts of the country, especially at this time of the
approaching Christmas season, the Church said that it was unfortunate that
Nigerians were experiencing petroleum products scarcity in a country rated as
one of the largest producers of petroleum in the world. The Church also condemned
the recurrent petroleum subsidy crisis which arises from the importation of
products. To eliminate these problems, the Church strongly reiterated its
position that the Government should rehabilitate and put to full capacity
utilization the nation’s oil refineries and stimulate the establishment of more
refineries to ensure the local production of the country’s needs in petroleum
products. This, it said was the only
guarantee against importation and its attendant subsidy saga as well as the
persistent scarcity of products.
The Church said it was
unfortunate that more than five months after the inauguration of the present
National Assembly on June 9, 2015, the legislature was yet to settle down to
business owing to its numerous crises which include the election of its
leaders, the constitution of its standing committees and more particularly, the
face-off between the ruling and the opposition parties in the legislative
houses. The Church called on the lawmakers to sit up and face the
constitutional responsibilities for which they were elected rather than
pursuing personal and political party interests.
Rev. Kalu U. Eme
Director of Information
& Public Affairs,
The Presbyterian Church of
The Presbyterian Church of Nigeria has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to put in place, as a matter of urgency, the machinery for the implementation of the report of the 2014 National Conference as the basis for the peaceful co-existence of the people of this nation in the light of true federalism and the secular status of Nigeria, among other major issues.
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