De­clare state of emer­gency on South-East roads – FG urged

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Emma Elekwa, Awka

The fed­eral gov­ern­ment has been urged to de­clare a state of emer­gency on the South-Eastern roads, par­tic­u­larly the Nnewi - Okigwe and Enugu Onit­sha ex­press­ways to ease the hard­ship of com­muters.

The ap­peal was con­tained in a com­mu­niqué is­sued by the Angli­can Dio­cese of Amichi, Anam­bra State at the end of the 2nd Ses­sion of the 3rd Synod of the church.

The church also urged the gov­ern­ment to ex­tend the fight against cor­rup­tion to the ad­min­is­tra­tive cadre, in­sist­ing that those wag­ing the anti-graft war should ab­stain from cor­rupt prac­tices.

The church con­demned the in­ces­sant bomb­ing of oil in­stal­la­tions by mil­i­tant groups, with its at­ten­dant dam­age to the bat­tered econ­omy, urg­ing the gov­ern­ment to ur­gently ad­dress the im­me­di­ate and re­mote causes of the mil­i­tants’ agi­ta­tions and find last­ing so­lu­tion so that peace could re­turn to the Niger Delta.

On the killings by herders and usurp­ing of peo­ple’s lands, vi­o­la­tion of hu­man rights and de­struc­tion of fam­i­lies and farm lands, the church ad­vo­cated the en­act­ment of laws pre­vent­ing their ob­nox­ious ac­tions from un­nec­es­sary con­flicts with farm­ers and vil­lagers.

“The Fu­lani herds­men should graze their cat­tle in their lo­cal­ity and then trans­port them for sale in other parts of the coun­try. The Synod main­tains that the pro­posed Graz­ing Re­serve Bill should not be passed into law” the state­ment said.

The church con­demned killings of IPOB mem­bers on a non­vi­o­lent pro­ces­sion and de­manded that ev­ery cit­i­zen be treated fairly.

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