Ghana: Veep urges religious leaders to promote tolerance
Akropong – Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has called on the Presbyterian Church and other religious bodies to promote religious tolerance and peaceful coexistence among citizens.
He urged religious bodies to help ensure national cohesion and peace in Ghana in the face of growing instability in the West African sub-region.
“As you know, peace and stability in many countries around us are under attack from multiple sources, including religious extremism and intolerance, and we must guard against this,” the Vice President said.
The Vice President was speaking at a special thanksgiving service to cap off the centenary celebrations of the Akuapem Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana in Akropong Akuapem.
The service was attended by a large number of high-ranking clergy from the Presbyterian Church, including Reverend Godwin Nii Noi Odonkor, Clerk of the General Assembly, Reverend Ishmael Dometey Asare, President of Akuapem Presbytery , presidents of other presbyteries as well as representatives of sister churches.
Among the Vice President’s entourage were the Minister for Local and Rural Government and MP for Okere, Hon. Dan Botwe, Eastern Regional Minister, Hon. Seth Acheampong, Hon. OB Amoah, MP for Akuapem South and Deputy Minister of Local Government, Hon. Nana Ama Dokua Asiama Adjei, MP for Akuapem North and Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, as well as all municipal and district directors in the operational area of the presbytery.
Other guests at the service were Mrs. Sophia Akuffo, the immediate former Chief Justice of Ghana and Gloria Akuffo, the immediate former Minister of Justice and Attorney General who are both members of the church.
The Vice President recounted that the Presbyterian Church has made significant contributions in the areas of education, health care delivery, agriculture and human resource development and noted that their interventions have led to several developments in the country.
He praised the church for its holistic upbringing based on values such as discipline, hard work and integrity and mentioned that in his work he has come across Presbyterians who display these values without fail.
The Vice President mentioned the church’s provision of facilities such as staff accommodation in its educational institutions as well as other support for its health facilities as well as good social services worthy of emulation.
To mark the centenary celebration, the Akuapem presbytery launched the construction of a high school for the Kwaboanta community in the Ayensuano district.
Preaching the sermon at the service, the moderator of the Presbyterian Church, the Rt. Rev. Joseph Obiri Yeboah Mante described several ways the church has contributed to national development.
“These include developing the spelling of the Twi and Ga languages, agricultural development such as the development of the cocoa industry,” he said.
Reverend Professor Mantey noted that the mission of the church in its various forms was a witness to the transforming power of the gospel of Jesus Christ who is the light of the world and added that sin has plunged into the world and that It only took the light of Jesus Christ to dispel the deeds of darkness.