Orlu, 17 September, 2022 / 11:00 pm (ACI Africa).
There is need for the government of Nigeria to put in place “adequate policies” to be able to address the challenges the West African nation is facing, including youth unemployment, poverty, debt burden, and insecurity, among others, Catholic Bishops have said.
In their communiqué read out at the end of their 2022 second Plenary Assembly held at the Sacred Heart Pastoral/Retreat Center in the Diocese of Orlu, members of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) said, “We urge governments to make adequate policies and provide the enabling environment for the creation of more jobs by both the government and the private sector.”
In their communiqué that the President of CBCN, Archbishop Lucius Iwejuru Ugorji read out, Catholic Bishops in Nigeria highlighted additional challenges the country is experiencing.
They said that spiraling inflation, high costs of goods and services, soaring unemployment, crude oil theft and non-functioning refineries “have inflicted untold hardship on the citizens.”
“Owing to mismanagement and a failing economy with an ever-increasing debt burden, there is poverty and hunger in our land, in spite of our huge human and natural resources,” CBCN members said, adding that having in place adequate policies “would surely reduce the level of poverty, insecurity and unrest in our land.”