A Bishop of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), His Lordship, Rt. Rev. Prince Asukwo Antai, has called on the federal government of Nigeria to scrap its social investment initiatives called “N-power and School Feeding Programme.”
Prince Antai said the “noble programmes have been abused by their managers”, saying government should leave the children alone for their parents and instead float a “free and compulsory education from the primary to first degree levels.”
Asukwo Antai who is the Bishop of Uyo advised that government should rather “open entrepreneurial/skills acquisition centres for training of active employable youths who should be given start-up packages in their fields of economic activities.”
Addressing the Third Session of the Eight Synod of Uyo Diocese at the St Silas Anglican Church, Okorete in Eastern Obolo local government area of Akwa Ibom State, the cleric maintained that such intervention would boost national economy and checkmate youths restiveness.
Although it was recently reported in the media of how a whooping sum of 500 billion naira was being used to feed the children during the COVID-19 lockdown, the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development had debunked it, admitting to rather spending over 500 million naira.
Also, the Minister, Sadiya Umar Farouk last week told the nation that government was working out modalities to absorbing beneficiaries of N-Power into ministries, departments and agencies of the federal government.
Looking at the ravaging effects of the coronavirus in the country, Bishop Antai prevailed on the federal government to “prioritize equipping and upgrading all categories of heath institutions throughout the country.”
He further observed that China was on a desperate mission to ruling the world and was seeking economic, military and political control over Nigeria. He said leaders in the country must “reject any loan that puts the nation’s sovereignty on the table.”
While insisting that youth corps members should be deployed to their states of origin or choices, during the time of national insecurity and COVID-19 pandemic, Prince Antai said government should consider the option of issuing waivers to those whose service year have been eaten up by the virus.
Believing that “god-fatherism and protectionist politics was the bedrock of executive corruption in the country” the cleric called for a nationwide conference of political scientists in order to remedy the situation.
Bishop Antai who thanked God for continually upholding Nigeria’s fragile unity, used the occasion to thank Governor Udom Emmanuel for effectively managing COVID-19 in the state.
While sympathizing with families of those who died of the virus, the clergy urged Governor Udom Emmanuel to establish intensive health care units in rural areas of the state.
Equally teaching ministers on the subject of repentance, Bishop Antai noted that sin was an “aberration and distortion which bred rebellion, enmity and division between man and his creator, God.”
Saying non repentance brought about unanswered prayers, absence of revival, unhappinesses, as well as domineering fear and troubled soul, the Bishop stated that a nation in need of true peace and unity must yield herself to God through personal, family and national repentance.
In his homily, Guest Speaker at the event, Rt. Rev. Christian C. Ugwuzor addressed the theme, “Repentance: A Joy-Filled Life” as drawn from Luke Gospel 15:7.
Christian Ugwuzor who is the Bishop of Aba Diocese took time to teach the ministers that repentance was the ultimate massage of the cross through which sinners are drawn to Christ.
He prevailed on Church leaders and pastors not to lose focus on the message of repentance as that was the only sure way to man’s salvation, redemption and restoration.