Archbishop Okpala urges FG to strengthen national security To tackle insurgency
Archbishop Okpala delivers his speech at the Synod
By Sunny A. David, Nnewi
The Federal Government has been charged to put an end to insurgencies disrupting the peace in the country.
The Archbishop, Province of the Niger and Bishop of Nnewi Anglican Diocese, Most Reverend Godwin Okpala who made the call while delivering his Presidential address at St. Jude’s Anglican Church Oraifite during the 2nd Session of the 8th Synod of the Diocese, said if not checked, such insurgencies can lead to religious conflict.
He noted that it is only effective security that can prevent the wanton killings by herdsmen in various parts of the country.
On healthcare delivery in Nigeria, Archbishop Okpala regretted that only three point nine percent of the annual budget was provided and urged the government to adhere to the fifteen percent of her annual budget agreed in the Abuja Declaration 2001 to take care of the health needs of the citizenry as well as restructure the Health Sector to effectively address emerging health challenges using modern day technology as well as give adequate support to the church’s health institutions to offer complementary roles .
He commended the Federal Government for reintroducing history as an independent subject in basic and junior secondary schools in the country, to equip the upcoming generations with the knowledge of the past so as to tackle the demands of the present.
The Archbishop stressed the need for Ndigbo to renegotiate their position in the present structure of Nigeria noting that they have available pragmatic, intellectual and dogged human resources to drive it.
Archbishop Okpala commended Governor Willie Obiano for being at the top of security in Anambra and urged him to continue to step up efforts that will keep the state free from criminals and criminal activities.