July 14, 2024

June 12: Nigerians groaning under high inflation, cost of living – Catholic Bishop

The Bishop of Catholic Diocese of Ilorin, Kwara State, Anselm Lawani, has challenged Nigerian leaders on the delivery of desired dividends of democracy to the people.

Speaking at a news conference to mark the 2024 Democracy Day, the Bishop noted that Nigerians were groaning under high inflation and hike in the cost of living.

According to him, the greater percentage of the populace was living below poverty line in the midst of abundance of human and natural resources.

“When a nation’s resources are well managed, the people skillfully governed, the citizens are better off, in terms of their social wellbeing which is a major concern why this Democracy Day press conference is considered imperative,” he said.

On the minimum wage issue, the clergyman appealed to the Federal Government to pay Nigerian workers an acceptable living wage and to equally introduce tax holiday and zero tariff regimes or provide financial support for entrepreneurs to grow sustainable productivity in the country.

Speaking on insecurity, Bishop Lawani maintained that more needs to be done in intelligence gathering and surveillance in order to overcome the challenge.

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