Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Methodist Archbishop Job wants better deal for victims

METHODIST Church Archbishop of Kaduna, Dr. Joseph Oche Job, has urged the Federal Government and other stakeholders to evolve a realistic approach to aid victims of the flood.

The Archbishop, who spoke during the 6th Methodist bishops’ wives summit held in Otukpo, Benue State with the theme, “Except by prayers and fasting” elucidated that spiritual solutions to natural and artificial occurrences militating against the country remained the most reliable alternative.

He noted that no part of the country was spared of disorder like insecurity, abductions, violence and militancy, stressing that the entire nation had been polluted by these vices and as such required urgent attention.

He added that, “No part of the nation is free as there is Boko Haram in the north, abduction and kidnapping in the east, armed robbery in the west and militancy and oil theft in the south.”

The bishop said the situation was pathetic and called for earnest prayer since human solutions had failed the nation.

Declaring the summit opened, wife of Benue State Deputy Governor, Mrs. Margaret Lawani, called for consistent prayers for leaders of the country as corruption, violence and insecurity undermined their efforts at economic transformation.

She contended that youths were at the receiving end of the lingering social malaise and advocated protection through enlightenment against youth’s involvement in vices and anti-social behaviours.

Meanwhile, the Imo State Government has begun distribution of relief materials to flood victims in the state. The affected areas are Abacheke, Ohaji/Egbema and Oguta.

Chairman of the relief panel and Secretary to the Government of Imo State (SGI), Prof. Anthony Anwukah, distributed food items and household materials to the victims on Monday.

Anwukah said the state government decided to reduce the pains of the victims, urging them to take heart. He said it was unfortunate that some people were trying to politicise the incident.

He said 50 per cent of the relief materials would be distributed to Oguta community while Abacheke, Ohaji/Egbema would receive the rest.

In a related development, the Imo state House of Assembly Committee on Flooding headed by Innocent Eke has disclosed that the state government would provide shelter for the victims.

Eke stated this after visiting the affected persons in the areas, urging them to bear with the efforts made by government for their good.

Source: The Guardian

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