Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Arrest NDC foot soldiers – Presby Church tells police.

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By William Yaw Owusu

Wednesday August 25, 2010
The Presbyterian Church of Ghana says the Police Administration should deal firmly with the so-called foot soldiers of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) who are going about terrorrising law abiding citizens.

“We note with satisfaction government efforts to curb the recent spate of indiscipline relating to attacks, seizure and closure of public offices by the so-called foot soldiers and supporters of the ruling party. We therefore urge the law enforcement agencies to apply the law.”

This was contained in a communiqué issued at the end of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana and read by Rt. Reverend Dr. Yaw Frimpong-Manso, outgoing Moderator of the church at a press conference in Accra yesterday.

Commenting on a wide range of issues affecting the nation, Rev. Dr. Frimpong-Manso entreated the judiciary which has come under public scrutiny of late to take expedite action on cases before the courts and asked politicians to desist from interfering in the work of the judiciary to enable it enjoy its independence as enshrined in the 1992 Constitution.

He said the church finds corruption worrying that Ghana is still battling to curb the menace and called on the government to “unequivocal and consistent in the fight against corruption while redefining and improving existing systems, structures and control mechanisms aimed at reducing corruption.”

Rev. Frimpong-Manso said even though the government is doing its best to bring about sound macro-economic framework for development, the policy initiatives could only be achieve if prudent economic management strategies are put in place to ensure its implementation.

On the oil discovery the church said “we anticipate that the industry would come with its peculiar problems. The General Assembly therefore urges government to develop strategies to meet the challenges when they emerge.”

On education, Rev. Frimpong-Manso bemoaned the way politicians have been toying with the country’s educational system saying “the time has come for all of us to sit down and have pragmatic and time tested educational policies devoid of partisanship and leave it for educators to run it.”

Rev. Frimpong-Manso also asked the government to strive to create employment opportunities for the people and also help to redirect the potential of the youth to better serve the interest of the nation.

He called on the government to arrest and prosecute all those who are found to have misapplied or mismanaged or embezzled the National Health Insurance Health funds and also take steps to tie up what he calls “knotty issues that are creating tension between the government and the minority in parliament and other civil society organizations regarding the implementation of the laudable STX Housing scheme.”

Rev. Frimpong-Manso urged the government to formulate a strategic disaster management plan to deal with emergency situation in the country and also urged the media to avoid unethical behaviours and sensationalism in their work.

The Presby Church said it is disturbed by acts of indiscipline of some Christian leaders who were bringing the name of the church into disrepute adding “the General Assembly reiterates its call to the Christian Council, the Catholic Bishops Conference, the Ghana Pentecostal Council and the leaders of all other religious denominations to rise up and weed out charlatans from among their fold.”

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