- NLC, Lagos chapter describes Prophet TB Joshua as an icon of religious tourism who needs the support of the government
- The union says the humanitarian efforts of TB Joshua’s church and Emmanuel TV have received world-wide recognition
- Intends use the forthcoming Workers’ Day to press on government to refrain from persecuting Joshua for the synagogue building collapse
The Lagos state chapter of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has called on the federal and the Lagos state governments to refrain from prosecuting Prophet TB Joshua for the synagogue building collapse of 2014 in which hundreds of religious tourists were killed.
Speaking during what appeared as a solidarity visit to the cleric, a delegation of the union led by its leader of the Lagos state chapter, Comrade Idowu Adelakun, described the General Overseer of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) as an icon of religious tourism who needs the support of the government, The New Telegraph reports.
Adelakun said: “The SCOAN remains the only ministry in Africa that attracts the highest number of foreign visitors thereby boosting the religious tourism potentials of Nigeria and also earning huge foreign exchange for the country.”
Adelakun who noted that the humanitarian efforts of T.B. Joshua’s church and Emmanuel TV have received world-wide recognition, urged government at all levels to partner with the ministry for the benefits of Nigerians.
He said: “It would be recalled that apart from his spiritual gifts, Prophet T.B. Joshua had on several occasions, hosted Nigerian sports men and women who excelled in various international sporting events, including the Commonwealth and Olympic games.”
The union said it would take advantage of the forthcoming Workers’ Day to press on government to refrain from persecuting TB Joshua with the ongoing criminal trial of contractors who handled the collapse of a guest house belonging to his church.
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In another development, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos has ordered that stability test be conducted on all building constructed by the Lekki Gardens and that building that fail the integrity test will be demolished.
The Lekki Gardens 5-storey building which collapsed left 34 persons dead and more injured. In reaction to the tragedy, the governor sacked the general manager of the Building Control Agency (LASBCA) Engr. Adeigbe Olushola for negligence.
Governor Ambode after visiting the scene of the unfortunate incident on March 15 said the state government has taken several steps to curtail the collapse of buildings in the state.