Denying workers their dues will encourage corruption —Bishop Popoola
Bishop of Osun Anglican Diocese, The Right Reverend James Afolabi Popoola, has called on governments at all level to ensure prompt payment of salaries and allowances of workers, in order to discourage corruption.
He made this assertion in his presidential address, delivered at the third session of the tenth synod of the diocese, held at the Diocesan Conference Centre, Isale-Aro, Osogbo, Osun State, on Friday, with the theme, Called to be Light and Salt in a Corrupt Society.
Bishop Popoola, who noted that salaries and allowances of workers were their rights, affirming that even the Bible affirms that workers deserve their wages, stated that “nonpayment of salaries or payment of half salaries has terribly affected the economy and a lasting solution to the problem should be found.”
He commended the federal government for its efforts in the fight against corruption, noting that there must be no sacred cows. He also commended the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari for extending the feeding of school children to other states of the federation.
Vicar of Christ Anglican Church, Iporo-Ake, Abeokuta, Venerable S.K. Oyewale gave the sermon at the opening service held on Thursday, while Bishop Abel Ajibodu of Ile-Oluji Anglican Diocese, will reach at the closing service today.
The synod also featured special seminars, prayers, worship sessions, Bible study, and awards were presented to Chief Olajide Oyewole; wife of Ogun State governor, Dr (Mrs) Olufunso Amosun; Chief Atoyebi Oyeleke; Chief Kunle Kalejaiye, SAN; Professor Michael Oladimeji Faborode; Mr David Olugbade Oyewole; Mr Ayodeji Olorunsogo; Mr Joseph Sunday Bamgboye, SAN; Mr Abiodun Oyebode; Mr Niyi Oyekunle; Professor Olalere Oladitan. There was also an investiture of Chief (Mrs) Yetunde Oyewole as diocesan mother while Deacon Bewaji Babajide was given a diocesan award. Pa and Madam D.A. Oyewole were given posthumous awards as well.
Present at the event were the Deputy Governor of Osun State, Chief (Mrs) Titilayo Tomori, who represented the Osun State governor; Bishop Simeon Borokini of Akure Anglican Diocese; Bishop Olubunmi Akinlade of Ife Anglican Diocese, and his wife, Nkechi; the Ataoja of Osogbo, Oba Jimoh Olaonipekun, represented by Chief Popoola Bolarinwa; the Owa of Igbajo, Oba Olufemi Fasade, represented by High Chief Olalekan Oso; Senator Ayo Fasanmi; Olori Bola Oyewale; General Manager, NTA, Mrs Omowunmi Omidiji, among others.