Reverend Dr. Ernest Adu-Gyamfi, the executive president of the Ghana Baptist Convention (GBC), has charged the Members of Parliament (MPs) to build bi-partisan consensus on key national issues to help move the country’s development agenda forward.
According to him, the unending debate over the duration of the country’s education system, especially the argument of a three or four years Senior High School, was not helping but rather derailing the future lives of children in the country.
Rev. Dr. Adu-Gyamfi made these remarks when he addressed the 54th Annual Session of the Ghana Baptist Church (GBC) at Ejura in the Ashanti Region over the weekend.
He said a national policy was therefore needed to guide the forward going of the nation’s education, irrespective of whichever political party is in power, for education has nothing to do with politics.
Arguing his point further, Rev. Dr. Adu-Gyamfi asked rhetorically, “Where else in the world do people pay two to five years’ rent advance apart from Ghana?”
He therefore appealed to the Speaker of Parliament, Professor Aaron Mike Oquaye, to ensure that key issues, like education, health and the problem of rent advance in the country, were settled once and for all, when they are brought before parliament.
The executive president of GBC also called on the security agencies to take the warning of terrorism in the social media seriously, despite the relative peace the country is enjoying to ensure the safety of the citizenry.
The annual session brought together delegates from various Baptist member-churches, as well as some senior pastors and members of other denominational churches, in the country.
Speaking on the theme “Christian Discipline for Holistic Development,” Rev Dr. Adu-Gyamfi believed that the key mandate of the church is evangelism and mission and that the convention has about 2,500 churches across the country.
He said the provision of a holistic gospel preaching was one of the major principles that he believes could go hand in hand with the needs of the society.
On his part, Rev Dr. Yaw Opuni-Frimpong, the general secretary of the Christian Council of Ghana, called for unity among the Christendom and appealed to pastors to instil the best cultural norms and practices of Christianity in the coming generation.
He said Ghanaians were preaching about peace and unity only during elections and that this must be replicated through traditional authorities, in churches, mosques and in all faiths to strengthen national cohesion.
Rev Dr. Opuni-Frimpong added that some churches were discouraging their members from marrying from other churches which to him is a sharp division in the Christian religion.
Alhaji Mohammed Salisu Bamba, Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Ejura Sekyere-Odumase, in an address, stated that the assembly recognises the massive infrastructure and investment made by the GBC in the municipality and would forever remain grateful to the church.
He said the municipality is one of the food baskets of the country and urged the Ghana Baptist Church to take advantage of marketing activities in the area.
While calling for discipline among all faiths in the country, the MCE also requested the church to consider constructing a health facility to support healthcare delivery in the municipality.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/ Felix Engsalige Nyaaba