Ghana Needs Radical Leaders

Rev Francis Amenu  Moderator of EP church (1)The Right Reverend Francis Amenu, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Evangelical Presbyterian (E.P.) Church, has said Ghana needs “radical leaders” in all facets of society to manage the country’s crucial situation.

He said such leaders must uphold integrity, command respect and confidence of the citizenry in order to promote “wholeness, justice and harmonious relationships”, vital for national development.

Rt. Rev. Amenu who made the call at the opening of the sixth General Assembly of the Church in Ho, on the theme: “God of Life, lead us to Justice, peace and dignity for wholeness”, urged those appointed to positions of trust to uphold and promote justice, peace and harmony.

The clergyman said the worsening state of the country’s environment was an indictment on leadership, reminding those in authority that Article 36 (9) of the 1992 Constitution states that : “The state shall take appropriate measures needed to protect and safeguard the national environment for posterity.”

He called on religious bodies, the media, traditional leaders and non-governmental organisations to support the campaign to change to keep the environment, adding: “Cleanliness is next to godliness”.

Rt. Rev. Amenu called on the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation to implement the National Environment Policy (NEP) to promote sound environmental practices.

He urged the Ministry of Education to integrate environmental studies into the curricula of basic and second cycle schools, and suggested that an exclusive environmental and sanitation programme should be instituted to deal with environmental problems.

A new Moderator of the General Assembly of the E.P. Church was expected to be elected to replace Rt. Rev Amenu, who bows out of office after six years in charge.

Front-runners in the election included Rev. Dr. Setri Nyomi, outgoing General Secretary of the World Council of Reformed Churches, and Rev. Dr. Seth Senyo Agidi, Director, Programmes and Ecumenical and Social Relations of the E.P. Church.


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