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General News of Sunday, 15 June 2014


Mahama urged to reverse corruption

The President of the Trinity Theological Seminary in Accra, Rev. Prof. Joseph Obiri Yeboah Mante, has expressed concern about the spate of corruption in the country which has plunged the nation into deep economic crisis.

He has, therefore, urged President John Dramani Mahama to take realistic measures in reversing the trend to bring relief to the masses.

Rev. Prof. Mante made the call at the ordination of 15 ministerial probationers drawn from various parts of the country at a grand ceremony at Akyem Oda in the Eastern Region last Sunday.

The function attracted people from all walks of life, including politicians from both sides of the political divide and traditional rulers.

Rev. Prof. Mante observed that after creating economic mess for the nation resulting in economic hardships for Ghanaians, politicians then turn to the men of God for salvation.

He stressed the need for all Ghanaians to bury their political, ethnic and religious differences and work in unity to transform the nation for the betterment of all.

He also called on pastors to help their communities to develop, adding that, “pastors must have compassion for the needy”.

Rev. Prof. Mante admonished pastors to allow the Holy Spirit to influence them in all their undertakings since they were the ambassadors of God.

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana (PCG), Rt Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Martey, who was the officiating minister, emphasised that all members of the Christian Council of Ghana, including the PCG, did not support any political party but rather spoke the truth on national issues.

He said politicians had failed the nation and it was only incessant prayers, sacrifice and commitment by those at the helm of affairs that could save the country from its present predicament.

Reacting to the concern expressed by the Member of Parliament (MP) for Oda, Mr. William Agyapong Quaitoo, who was also at the function, the moderator mentioned that Parliament unduly delayed in reconvening due to lack of funds, and further stated that economic hardships should not prevent such an important body from carrying out its legislative duties.

The Chairman of the West Akyem Presbytery of the PCG, Rev. Dr Kwame Amoa-Kumah, expressed concern about the uncleared garbage in some parts of the country and impressed upon the government to do something about the situation to prevent the outbreak of diseases.

He enjoined the new pastors to preach the gospel in accordance with the evangelical beliefs of the PCG, and added that they should cater for their flock by visiting both the poor and the rich in their homes regularly to win them over to Christ.

The Oda MP, Mr Quaitoo, urged the new reverend ministers to put the government on its toes by criticising its shortcomings to enable them to deliver to the benefit of all Ghanaians.