PCN Holds 2015 All-Presbyterian Conference

The Prelate & Moderator of the General Assembly, Most Rev. Prof. E. M. Uka (seated centre) at the opening session of the 2015 All-Presbyterian Conference held on the grounds of Hope Waddell Training Institution, Calabar, from November 25 - 29, 2015.  Extreme left is the Past Principal Clerk, Rev. Dr. B. F. Fubara-Manuel, one of the Speakers at the conference.  Second right is the Chaplain to the Prelate, Rev. Osondu Ukpai while extreme right is Elder Mrs. Ukaegbu, widow of Prelate Emeritus, Most Rev. Dr. James U. Ukaegbu.

GAEC Issues Communique, Cautions on Biafra, Others

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PRESS RELEASE                          29th November, 2015


Presbyterian Church Cautions

on 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 Nigeria