Veep Urges All Hands On Deck

Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur has called on Ghanaians to support the government in addressing the social economic challenges facing the country, saying Ghanaians need to contribute towards development.

He particularly called on the religious bodies to continue praying for divine blessings for the nation, and indicated that unity in prayer and efforts were vital for the nation’s progress.

Vice President Amissah-Arthur made the call when he joined a special church service to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Ekumfi Circuit of the Methodist Church, Ghana at Otuam in the Central region on Saturday.

The service, which climaxed activities marking the 60th anniversary of the Circuit and its circuit status restoration, had the theme, “Let us rise and build”.

“We cannot develop in disunity,” the Vice President said, and urged the Christian community to support in mobilising the citizenry to work together for the benefit of the nation.

He, therefore, urged the church to continue to uphold the moral conscience of society and help in promoting discipline and unity among Ghanaians.

Vice President commended the Methodist Church for complementing government’s efforts in the areas of education and health service delivery, and assured the church of government’s continued cooperation.

In addition, he assured the Circuit of his personal support towards the church’s education fund that had been set up to assist deprived children in the area.

Lauding the circuit for the establishment of the education fund, the Vice President noted that education was vital in breaking the poverty cycle in deprived communities across the country.

In view of this, he said the government was determined to provide the needed facilities to enhance the educational system particularly in rural communities to ensure an effective development of children.

Very Reverend Kweku Ackom, Superintendent Minister for Ekumfi Circuit, in his welcome address, said the circuit used the anniversary to take stock of its performance over the years and to strategise for the future.

He said apart from its new plan to enhance religious activities to promote the gospel, the church was also venturing into income generating activities such as bee-keeping, to create entrepreneurial jobs for members.

He also announced the setting up of the education fund for needy children, and called for support from government and philanthropists.

From Edmund Mingle, Otuam

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