Tema, Nov. 10, GNA - President Nana Addo
Dankwa Akufo-Addo Sunday called on the Churches in Ghana to help build a
progressive and prosperous country, and to lend support to the realization of
the vision of moving the nation beyond aid.
“I believe we can, and we should be able to build a Ghana, which looks to the use of her own resources and their proper management as the way to engineer social and economic growth in our country. With the help of the Church, I am confident that we can realise this vision,” he said.
Speaking at the dedication ceremony of the Tema Children’s Church of the Apostolic Church-Ghana, Community 5 District, in Tema, near Accra, President Akufo-Addo appealed to the church not only to continue to uphold the spiritual virtues of Jesus Christ, but also “help build a progressive and prosperous Ghana, strongly anchored on love for God”.
The Tema Children’s Church of the Apostolic Church-Ghana is the first of its kind to be built solely for the purpose of reaching out to children and the youth in Tema and its environs.
The President told congregants that by taking that initiative, “you should be fulfilled in the knowledge that you are obeying the teachings of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. For, if you welcome any child into this premises, you have welcomed Christ, Himself, here.”
President Akufo-Addo reminded the Pastors, teachers, parents and members of the Congregation, of the responsibility of imbibing into the children the virtues of Christ, and instil in them the beliefs of this Church.
“Teach them, as prescribed by St. Luke, to love God with all their hearts, souls, strengths and minds; and love their neighbours as they would to themselves.
“The Gospel of St. Matthew, chapter 18, verse 6, tells us, again, that ‘if anyone causes one of these little ones to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck, and to be drowned in the depths of the sea’”, he said.
The President told the congregation that he was steadfast in his quest to transform the fortunes of the country, saying that the youth of Ghana was the most important asset to complete the transformation of the nation into a modern one.
That is why, he is working to guarantee that knowledge becomes the backbone of the country’s modern economy and prosperity, adding, “It is for this reason that investments in our educational system have become a key priority of my government.”
“As a result, poverty, today, is no longer a barrier to accessing education. 1.2 million children, the highest enrolment in senior high schools in our history, are now benefitting from Free SHS. Ghana needs well-trained, well-qualified and skilled human resources of integrity and faith to propel us on the path of socio-economic transformation,” he added.
The President appealed to the Church to pray for him, his Government and his appointed, so that “we exercise our responsibilities with humility and integrity, and pray for Ghana, that she remains united and continues to strive for progress, prosperity and the embrace of God.”