By Odogwu Emeka Odogwu
The Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Egbu, in Owerri North Local Government Area of Imo State, Rt. Rev. Geoffrey E. Okorafor, has described the N30, 000 new national minimum wage as too small to affect the plight of the average Nigerian worker.
Bishop Okorafor stated this while speaking to newsmen shortly after a special service to mark the Seventh Anniversary of his episcopacy at the Cathedral Church of All Saints, Egbu.
He called on the federal, state and local governments to ensure they implemented the N30, 000 minimum wage, describing the average Nigerian worker as tireless and hardworking.
'We feel the economic hardship faced by the Nigerian workers. We can tell the sufferings they undergo. While we congratulate the workers on the 2019 celebration of the Workers' Day, we call upon the government, whether federal, state or local government, to pay this little token as and when due, to Nigerian workers who use the last drop of their blood to uplift the nation,' he said.
In his sermon, Okorafor, citing Psalm 126 Verses 1-3, recalled that the people of Israel wondered for 40 years in the wilderness and those who remembered what they passed through and what God had done for them were thankful.
Thanking God for what he had done for them, he equally thanked Rt. Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Iheagwam, the pioneer Bishop of the Diocese, and his wife, Adaku, and others who passed through difficulties during their service to the diocese at its early stage.
Prof. Uchefula Chukwumaeze of the Faculty of Law, Imo State University, Owerri, in his lecture, charged members of the Nigerian Anglican Communion not to shy away from partisan politics.
Prof. Chukwumaeze, in his lecture titled, ''The Anglican Church and Nation Building in Nigeria'', said that politics had entered the Church and the Church had entered into.