Presbyterian Church praises government for Free Senior High School and double track system

Presbyterian Church praises government for Free Senior High School and double track system
The Presbyterian Church of Ghana (PCG) has commended President Akuffo Addo and his government for the implementation and introduction of the Free Senior High School policy and the double track system.

According to the Church the Free SHS would bring relief to many families and ensure equity in access to secondary education in the country whiles the double track system would also increase enrolment.

“We know what the free education in the northern part of the country has done to national development. Naturally if it is done on a nation-wide basis, it is the whole country which stands to benefit”.

The Acting Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana Rev Dr. Victor Okoe Abbey made the commendation at the opening of the 18th General Assembly of the Church at Akropong Akuapem in the Eastern Region on Saturday.

The 18th General Assembly which is under the theme: ‘Go and Make Disciples of All Nations”(Mathew 28:19) which is the highest decision making body of the PCG, has attracted about 300 Commissioners, and Corresponding Members from all the 21  Presbyteries, both home and abroad.

While congratulating Government for showing such bold and visionary leadership, Rev Dr Okoe Abbey urged government to be mindful of the fact that wisdom or knowledge does not reside in any one group of people.

He therefore appealed to government to engage all stakeholders to discuss these matters in an open, candid and constructive manner which will benefit the whole country.

“We have only one country and we must work together no matter which side of the political divide we find ourselves to make the country work”

Rev Dr Okoe Abbey expressed deep appreciation to President Akufo-Addo for his bold approach towards the fight against corruption and bribery in the Ghanaian society.

The Acting Moderator said the PCG welcomed the setting up of the Office of Special Prosecutor, congratulating those appointed so far to run the Office.

The clergy urged government not to turn the fight against corruption a lip service.

He called for transparency and integrity in investigations to ascertain corrupt practices and demand that culprits be duly prosecuted in accordance with the laws of the country.

Rev Dr Okoe Abbey therefore called on all Christians to join hands with the government to eliminate the evil of bribery and corruption from Ghanaian society.

He also expressed concern about frustrations Ghanaians are going through in processes of land registration. He therefore urged the government as a matter of urgency to come out with reforms and changes to modernize and make land acquisition and registration friendlier.

According to him, a good number of Ghanaians have been living with the recurrence of frustrating situations in the purchase and registration of land for far too long.

“We encourage Government to take seriously the initiative to digitize the entire process and eliminate as much as possible the manual and human-interface in the process” he maintained.  

He pledged that the Christian community would stand arm in arm with Government in a nation-wide coordinated campaign to create maximum awareness of the ills of the system and put in place a stronger whistle blowers’ infrastructure to support the drive.

Mr Kofi Dzamesi, Minister for Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs in a speech commended the Presbyterian Church of Ghana on for playing major roles in various sectors of the economy including education, health, agriculture and sanitation to help develop the country over the years.

He said the Presbyterian Church of Ghana according to the Ghana Health Services is the third largest provider of health services in Ghana at the moment.

“We all doff our hearts for the Presbyterian Church of Ghana for all these immense social services interventions towards national development” he said.

According to the Minister Government alone cannot shoulder the responsibility of developing the nation and therefore seized the opportunity to encourage the Church, the entire Christian community and indeed other faith-based organizations, to continue partnering the Government in its development efforts.

Mr Dzamesi assured that we government would continue to provide the enabling environment for such fruitful partnership to materialize.

Presbyterian Church of Ghana during the Assembly will elect a new Moderator on Wednesday 22nd August 2018 to take over from the current Moderator, Right Rev Professor Cephas Narh Omenyo who has been sick for more than one year.

The General Assembly Council of the PCG took a decision on Friday to declare the Moderator’s seat vacant so that a new leader could be elected for the Church.

Right Rev Professor Omenyo was elected Moderator of the Church in August 2016 at Abetifi Kwahu during the 16th General Assembly and was inducted into office on Sunday 4th December 2016.

Unfortunately the Moderator fell sick in May 2017 during his first official visit to the Europe Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana to ordain some Ministerial Probationers in London.
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