General News of Monday, 30 December 2013
Source: Graphic Online
Leaders of some churches have all spoken about the need for Ghanaians to help build the country in the New Year.
The Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church of Ghana, Most Rev Prof Emmanuel Asante, challenged each Ghanaian to contribute his or her quota for a brighter Ghana in 2014.
In an interview with the Daily Graphic, Rev Prof Asante, who is also the chairman of the National Peace Council (NPC), was of the view that leadership that was up to the task and a committed citizenry were elements for the successful year that all were expecting.
The development of every nation hinges on good leadership, he explained, adding that citizens also had a part to play in the effort.
"If we would all commit ourselves to do our part in the building up of the country and do it well, there would be a brighter year ahead," he said.
"However, if we sit back as citizens and only punch holes in the effort of others, then we should all expect nothing better," he emphasised.
Rev Prof Asante said each Ghanaian ought to take stock and ask himself or herself what his/her contribution was to national development.
The General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God Church, the Rev Dr Paul Frempong Manso, was thankful to God for keeping the country through the turbulent year of 2013.
His prescriptions for 2014 were succinct; first, asking all Ghanaians to unite and build the country, adding that "we must all put any division aside and unite."
"We must all endeavour to build the country in any sector one found himself or herself, commit to working hard for the purpose," Rev Dr Manso said in his second prescription for 2014.
He finally asked for sacrifice, on the part of citizens, to carry on with the development of the country.
"Our founding fathers sacrificed to build the country. We must sacrifice to build it," he maintained.
Rev Dr Manso decried the selfishness in society, which resulted in most Ghanaians expecting, rather than giving of their best for the country.
He was hopeful that the New Year would bring the urge for all to eschew such tendencies.