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Cleric, others counsel parents on child upbringing



Cleric, others counsel parents on child upbringing

Last Updated on July 26, 2023 by Fellow Press

Rev. Fr Victor Ofili, Coordinator, Family and Human Life Unit, has urged parents to dedicate quality time to the upbringing of their children, especially against the rising trend of lesbianism, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT).

Rev. Fr Ofili said this on Wednesday at a seminar organised by the unit at St John’s Catholic Church, Agbor which is targeted at both parents and youths.

Ofili said the Nigerian society and the world at large were faced with big challenges in terms of morality, with the trending issues if LGBT making wave all over the world.

According to him, technological advancement is seriously spreading the syndrome beyond the control of parents and the Church.

“Many people are being recruited in LGBT, through the internet and easy access to cell phones.

“Parents should be closer to their children, monitor what they subscribe to in the internet, their relationships and not be economical with words when they are educating them on sexual aspect of their bodies,” he said.

Mr Fidelis Okhugbe, presenting a paper tagged, “Raising chaste children in today’s world in the light of rising issues of LGBT,” said that Nigerian society was leaning on a keg of gun powder with the rate at which the issue of LGBT was trending.

“One of the major Challenges is that all the children had access to Android phones, those who do not have patronise their friends or make use of their parents.

“Child development was made up of genetics, cognitive, physical, cultural, family, nutrition, and educational; the basic among them is the family and children’s development start from conception, birth and breastfeeding.

“Parents have major roles to play in the general development of the child,” he said.

He urged parents to be their children’s best friends and confidants, adding that they should be able to understand children’s feelings and always make sure that they learned everything about their body.

“If the family gets it right in the successful training of the children, the Church will get it right as well as the Society at large.


Minimum wage: Archbishop urges compromise



Last Updated on June 9, 2024 by Fellow Press

Archbishop Joseph Ojo, General Overseer of the Calvary Kingdom Church, Okokomaiko, Lagos State, on Saturday urged labour leaders and the Federal Government to reach a compromise as regards a new minimum wage.

Ojo made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

The archbishop described wage negotiation as a social contract that should be approached with empathy by parties.

According to him compromise is needed in the matter to save the country from anxiety.

“They should consider the fact that the unemployed are much more than the few that are in government employment.

“The federal, states and local governments only employed some workers.

“Others are in firms owned and operated by individuals that might not be able to pay higher wage.

“The higher they push it, the higher the inability of the unemployed to survive, because firms, which struggle to pay staff, may not talk of hiring new ones,” he said.

The cleric said that lack of employment might result in increase in crimes.

“There are private sector employers, who cannot cope with what the federal or states will offer,” he added.

The cleric said that high wage bill might compel private schools to increase school bills to meet up with overhead costs.

“Some parents will not meet up, and their children would be forced to drop out of school,” he said.

He also advised governments to consider subsisting social-economic variables, such as cost of food items, transport and medical bills, and offer a sustainable minimum wage.

“The parties ought to put all these into consideration to achieve progress in their negotiation,” the cleric said.

NAN reports that the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress are now demanding N250, 000 as a new minimum wage.

The Federal Government has offered to pay N62,000.

Negotiations are ongoing.

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Over 200 intending pilgrims protest in Ilorin over faulty aircraft



Last Updated on June 7, 2024 by Fellow Press

No fewer than 200 intending pilgrims from Kwara on Friday protested at llorin international Airport over the inability of an aircraft to transport them to Saudi Arabia.

The pilgrims, officials of the State Pilgrims Welfare Board and the 2024 state Amirul Hajj had boarded the aircraft since Thursday.

The aircraft was, however, said to have developed a technical fault.

Some engineers with the Federal Airport Authority had been making frantic efforts to repair the faulty aircraft since Thursday without success.

Consequently, some of the intending pilgrims staged a protest over the development.

The intending pilgrims, alongside their relations, took the protest to the highway linking the airport with other communities to express their displeasure over the situation.

Some of the protesters were seen singing solidarity songs condemning the situation, especially since they are the tenth and last batch from the state.

Sen. lbrahim Oloriegbe, the state’s 2024 Amirul Hajj, while speaking with NAN, attributed the failure to transport the last batch of the pilgrims to faulty aircraft.

Oloriegbe said the intending pilgrims had boarded the aircraft since Thursday but were unable to be transported following the development.

The Amirul hajj said that they are expecting another aircraft from Medinnah to transport the intending pilgrims and the officials.

He appealed to them to exercise patience, as the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria was on top of the situation.

He said that the board would continue to cater for the feeding of the intending pilgrims pending when they would be transported to the holy land.

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