By Abuchi Onwumelu of Fides Newspaper (07034507760)
The Catholic bishop of Awka Diocese, His Lordship Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor has urged the citizens to always treat public property as theirs by protecting them, adding that it will be wrong of them to conclude that government’s business was nobody’s business.
Bishop Ezeokafor who stated this at St. Patrick's Catholic Cathedral, Awka while fielding questions from newsmen, enjoined Nigerians to guard jealously Govt projects sited in their various areas as a way of supporting the Govt in her onerous efforts to ensure infrastructural and human development.
The Catholic prelate, charged the citizens to continue to pay their legitimate taxes to the state's treasury which he said was part of their civic duty that would enable the state to implement its projects and other programmes for them.
'It takes people for government to succeed; they must do their part, pay taxes and justify their wages in this era of dwindling oil revenue.
'That is only way they can hold the government responsible,' the man of God said.
The chief shepherd of Awka Catholic Diocese, also called on the state civil servants to justify their monthly salaries by rendering corresponding services to the state, and by extension, to the citizenry.
Bishop Ezeokafor said a worker who received their wages without working was robbing the state and does not deserve it.