Distributive Justice Essay

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6.1 Summary of the Study The principle of distributive justice is anchored on the foundation that human person is created in the image and likeness of God-Imago Dei (Gen 1:26); and based on this human nature, the human person possesses the universal and inalienable rights. These universal and inalienable rights also serve as justification for people and individual communities to demand for what could make their lives more meaningful in terms of provision of basic necessities of life. Hence, it is the constitutional duty of the government of every nation or State to provide for the basic needs of its citizenry, such as: good portable water, functional electricity, meaningful and durable infrastructure,
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Hence, the study established the fact that it is theologically and morally expedient for every community and individual in Ekiti State to contribute to the socio-economic and political development of their various communities by making use of their gifts, talents, opportunities and resources God has given them productively, no matter how little, in order to be self-reliant and to reduce the level of dependence in the society. The study also revealed that the citizens expected a lot from the government, and often blamed the leaders for non-availability of social amenities, welfare packages and infrastructural development. Therefore, using “Evangelii Gaudium 218” as a framework, the study advocated that Ekiti traditional cultural values could be harnessed to achieve distributive justice in Ekiti State. In other words, there is dire need for collective effort in Ekiti State to eliminate socio-political discrimination, favouritism, nepotism and culture of overdependence; and cultivate the habits of diligence, hard work, communality, solidarity and self-reliance in order to satisfy the demands of distributive justice in Ekiti State. The perennial teaching of the Catholic Church on distributive justice in relation to the distribution of wealth and resources, though may not dwell much on what the less …show more content…
This ministry should be constitutionally backed up, autonomous and independent of any political administration in the State so as to be unbiased in the discharge of its duties to the general citizenry of the State. Similarly, the resources of the State should be harnessed and developed. The clement weather, good farming land, forestry and many rocks and rivers in the State are potential sources of wealth and employment for self-sustainability of the State. Since Ekiti State is at the low ebb especially in terms of Federal allocation and Internally Generated Revenue, there is desperate need to harness its vast natural and human resources so that there would be infrastructural development, job and economic opportunities for all the people across the State which will make many Ekiti citizens to be self-reliant.

iii. Government-Private Sector Partnership Government should break the barrier of financial constraint by creating an effective partnership between itself (government) and the organised private sector of the economy. Through the provision of funds, facilities and outright sponsorship, the State would greatly benefit from the private sector in all spheres of development. Nonetheless, the government has to provide enabling atmosphere, business-friendly environment for the private sector to thrive.

iv. Fearless Exercise of the Prophetic Voice of Religious

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