Bishop of Egbu Diocese of Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Imo State, Geoffrey Okorafor, has described the N30,000 new minimum wage as “too small” and incapable of solving monthly basic needs of workers.
The cleric said this over the weekend at a church service at the Cathedral Church of All Saints, to mark the seventh anniversary of his episcopacy enthronement, the Guardian has reported.
Describing an average Nigerian worker as “tireless and hardworking” to earn this paltry sum, he however urged employers at all levels not to delay in implementing the said amount.
Also, in his lecture to mark the event, Prof. Uchefula U. Chukwumaeze of the Faculty of Law, Imo State University, Owerri, urged the laity of the church not to shy away from partisan politics.
Chukwumaeze, in the lecture titled “The Anglican Church and Nation Building in Nigeria”, opined that “politics has entered into the church and the church has entered into politics.”
The cleric explain that the reason for his advice was to correct anomalies in the land.
In another development, the Diocese of Minna (Anglican Communion) has lamented the increasing roles money now play in the nation’s politics.
This was contained in a communique issued after the second session of the 10th synod of the diocese held at St. Andrew’s Church, Minna.
The Diocese urged politicians, particularly those seeking public office, to fear God and work genuinely for the good of all.
“Primitive wealth accumulation may bring them pleasure and comfort but they should be rest assured that such wealth will not attract the blessings of God,” the communique said.