The Anglican Bishop of Ihiala Diocese in Anambra, Rt. Rev. Israel Okoye has appealed to the Federal Government and the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) to accede to organised labour’s demand of N30,000 minimum wage.
Okoye made the appeal on Thursday at the second session of the third synod of the Diocese at St. Mary’s Church, Isseke, Ihiala Local Government Area.
The Bishop said Nigerian workers deserved better treatment from what was currently obtainable, saying there was need to prevent workers from going on strike.
“The debacle over minimum wage implementation in Nigeria is unnecessary as government could eliminate financial wastages in whatever form to increase the salaries of workers,” he said.
On the 2019 general elections, Okoye urged INEC and security agencies to resist the temptation of being tools in the hands of politicians.
According to him, there was a dangerous trend that was fast developing in the country following the spate of manipulations, protests, violence, vote-buying and defections.
“It is starkly incontrovertible that many Nigerian politicians have no passion for the wellbeing of the people.
- “Parasitic politicians are now hovering all over the country, promising the best of paradise to the electorate and distributing money without recourse to solving the many economic and socio-political problems facing the country,” he said.