Any govt that can’t pay salaries, provide, security, infrastructure not worth having – Prelate
By Steve Oko
The Prelate of Methodist Church Nigeria, Most Rev. Samuel Uche, has declared that any government that could not pay workers’ salaries, provide security and basic infrastructure for the citizenry “is not worth having”.
Uche who stated this during a press conference in Umuahia after his apostolic tour of the Methodist dioceses in the zone, decried the poor state of infrastructure particularly roads in the state.
His words : ” The condition of roads in Abia is nothing to write home about. The agrarian communities have no access road to evacuate their produce.
” The roads to Amudo Itumbuzo is the worst. I don’t know if they have been abandoned .”
He, however, noted that some roads projects were on going , but urged the state government to do more.
The cleric also frowned at the poor sanitary condition of Umuahia the state capital, and urged the state government to rise to the challenge.
” The environment is not clean. There are refuses littered everywhere. The Commissioner for Environment should be advised not to misrepresent the government.”
Most. Rev. Uche also criticised the state government for the delays in payment of workers’ salaries, describing it as wickedness.
” As I moved around most of my members were complaining that they have not been paid for months. Some said they have not received their retirement benefits.
” This is very bad. What is the government doing? Most of the people are not happy. The fact is that most Nigerians smile even when they are suffering but government should stop punishing us.
” Any government that doesn’t care for the people , provide security and basic infrastructure is not worth having.
” Any government that can’t provide security should not expect to continue in power “.
The prelate lampooned the political class who he said derive pleasure in the plight of the citizenry.
” I have not seen Nigeria politicians as people who mean well for the people. They are hawks and wolves in sheep clothing. They should stop recruiting our youths for thuggery.
“African governments deliberately impoverish the people. There will be tsunami unless they change! “
The cleric said that he used the apostolic visit to release 29 mentally retarded inmates at the Methodist Rehabilitation center at Amudo Itumbuzo after that had been rehabilitated.
He equally said the rehabilitated inmates received training in various vocational skills including tailoring, bakery, shoe making among others for self sustenance.
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