By Stanley Nwanosike/ Friday Idachaba
The Anglican Diocese of Udi in Enugu State has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for signing the Financial Autonomy Bill for State Houses of Assembly and Judiciary into law.
The diocese stated this in a communiqué released on Sunday after the first session of its fourth Synod, held from June 7 to 10 at St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Nachi, Udi Local Government Area.
According to the communiqué signed by Rt. Rev Chijioke Aneke, Bishop of Udi Diocese, the Synod however urged the Federal Government to replicate same feat for local government councils in the country.
The church also acknowledged that it was good to confer a posthumous award of GCFR on Chief MKO Abiola, but admonished that all good things would be better if properly done and within the confines and provisions of the law.
It expressed the feeling of the diocese that the National Council of States and the National Assembly should have been consulted before the proclamation.
The statement also called for payment of outstanding pensions and gratuity at all levels of government and resolution of industrial disputes in the country.
It enjoined all Christians to engage in fervent prayers to avert or minimise these unpleasant incidences.
The church further enjoined all residents of the Diocese to acquire their Permanent Voters Card (PVC) and use it appropriately during election.
It also flayed the continued involvement of Christians in fetish activities, masquerading and consulting mediums despite teachings and Bible studies in various churches under the diocese.
The synod’s theme was ‘Behold I Come Quickly’, drawn from the Book of Revelation Chapter 22 verses 7 and 12.
Reacting to the signing into law of the financial autonomy for state legislatures and judiciary bill, Speaker of the Kogi House of Assembly Matthew Kolawole on Sunday said the action would further strengthen democratic norms at the states level.
Kolawole said this while addressing the people of Ogidi community in Ijumu Local Government Area of the state on the occasion of the 2018 Ogidi Day Celebration.
The Speaker noted that in spite of the autonomy, the three arms of government would continue to work together in synergy for the overall development and benefit of the people and the country.
He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for taking the bold initiative to assent to the Bill in the overall interest of the people.
Kolawole commended the organisers of the “Ogidi Festival” for their well-thought out mission and vision to put the festival on the world map of tourism.
He stressed that the 6th Assembly in the state was already working on a bill to reposition the tourism sector for better performance and make it one of the major contributors to the state’s income.
According to him, when the bill is passed, it will provide legal framework for the promotion of the sector, promising that the assembly would continue to make laws that will promote good governance in the state.
Kolawole charged the Ogidi community to continue to support and cooperate with the current government of Gov. Yahaya Bello in its efforts to positively transform the state.
Ologidi of Ogidi, Oba Rilwan Sule in his response, thanked the speaker and indigenes of Ogidi for making the 2018 edition of the annual festival a success and called on the people to continue to support the government.
Oba Sule also charged politicians to play by the rules as the 2019 general elections drew close.
He urged the youth not to allow themselves to be used as thugs and agents of destruction during the electioneering process.