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General News of Thursday, 26 April 2018

Source: ghananewsagency.org

Expand the mandate of Special Prosecutor to cover churches – Rev Dr. Amfo-Akonnor

The Chairperson of the Asante Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana (PCG), the Reverend Dr. Amfo-Akonnor, has recommended the expansion of the mandate of the Office of Special Prosecutor (OSP) to cover the churches.

This, he said, had become necessary amid the growing reports of corrupt practices by church leaders.

The church was not immune to corruption and a lot of rot could be uncovered there by the Special Prosecutor.

“For us as a church, we stand solidly behind all policies, formulated to hold public officers in check for all forms of corrupt practices.”

He was addressing a ‘Presbytery Session’ of the church at Asawasi in the Asokore-Mampong Municipality and entreated everybody to back the effort at fighting to make corruption unattractive in the society.

The Rev Dr. Amfo-Akonnor saluted the government for giving meaning to its anti-corruption crusade by the setting up of the OSP.

The session provided the platform to discuss development policies and programmes designed to enhance the physical wellbeing of the people.

It centred on education, health, environment and socio-economic development activities the church had been implementing within the context of the national development agenda.

The Rev Dr. Amfo-Akunnor used the occasion to announce moves initiated to properly secure its acquired lands to ward off encroachers.

He said they were working with the Asantehene’s Lands Secretariat at Manhyia, to register their property.

The church has about 700 plots of land and these had been identified and listed for registration.

There was the need to protect the property “for posterity sake” and to undertake more socio-economic development projects to support the economy.

The Presbytery Chairperson advised politicians to avoid unguarded and unsavoury pronouncements that tended stoke uneasiness - tension in the society and said the country did not need that.