Anglican Primate Condemns Attacks On Nigeria’s Oil Pipeline

Minimum WageThe Primate of the Anglican Church in Nigeria, Most Reverend Nicholas Okoh, has condemned the recent attacks on the nation’s oil pipeline by the Niger Delta Avengers.

Most Reverend Okoh spoke on Friday at the 2016 Synod of the Church held in Abuja.

Further condemning the situation with huge potential of affecting the nation’s revenue that largely depends on crude sales, he, however, called for a ceasefire by the agitators in the interest of national development.

The Primate also urged the Federal Government to collaborate with host communities to secure oil pipelines.

“Nigeria is fighting too many battles at this time,” Most Reverend Okoh said.

His condemnation of the attack on pipelines came a day after a gas pipeline operated by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation in the region was attacked.

A spokesman for a local community group and a witness in Niger Delta region confirmed the attack to Reuters new agency.

The group, Niger Delta Avengers, has claimed some of the attacks on some pipelines on the region.

The attacks have affected the crude oil production of the nation at a period of volatile oil price, with a drop below 1.6 million barrels per day.

The attacks had forced U.S. oil major, Exxon Mobil Corp, to suspend exports from Nigeria’s top crude stream.

Days before the company suspended exports, militants attacked a Chevron platform.

After the attack, Chevron Nigeria Limited shut its Okan offshore facility, with resources deployed to respond to a resulting spill.

 

Corruption: Primate Urges Buhari To Improve Welfare Of Workers

Nicholas-OkohThe Primate of the Anglican Church in Nigeria, Most Reverend Nicholas Okoh, has advised the government to improve on the salary and other allowances of civil servants if it must succeed in the fight against corruption.

He identified poor remuneration of public servants at all levels, as one of the reasons for the high rate of corruption in Nigeria especially in the public service.

The Anglican Primate gave the advice during the enthronement of the new Anglican Bishop of Kaduna Diocese, Rt. Reverend Timothy Yahaya.

While commending President Buhari’s commitment to the fighting corruption, Bishop Okoh maintained that “when public sector wages are too low, employees may find themselves under pressure to supplement their incomes in unofficial ways by embezzling public funds meant for developmental purposes”.

He also expressed optimism that the fight against the Boko Haram insurgents would soon be over.

It was a day of celebration, as the Cathedral was filled to capacity with members of the clergy, the church and well-wishers present to witness the enthronement of Rt. Reverend Yahaya, as the fifth Bishop of the Diocese.

The choir offered beautiful renditions to the admiration of the congregation.

The enthronement of Bishop Yahaya follows the exit of the former Bishop of the diocese, Idowu Fearon, who was appointed the Secretary General of World Anglican Church early this year.

The new Bishop in his message assured the congregation that he would lead the diocese with the fear of God and ensure the growth and development of the Church.

He also stressed the need for the diocese to invest its resources in building more schools and hospitals to compliment the effort of the government.

Until his appointment as the Bishop of Kaduna Diocese, Rt. Reverend Yahaya was the Bishop of Jalingo Diocese in Taraba State.