Minister urges stronger cooperation in the fight against poverty

By Florence Afriyie Mensah, GNA

Kumasi, Aug 15, GNA
– The Ashanti Regional Minister, Mr. John Alexander Ackon, has encouraged the
church to deepen its cooperation with the government in the fight to overcome
poverty and other indignities.

He said it was
critical to work together – complemented each other’s effort to bring
development, transform and help everybody to live in human dignity.

He was addressing
the biennial national council meeting of the Boys Brigade of the Presbyterian
Church of Ghana (PCG) in Kumasi.

“Do not love the
world or things in the world” was the theme chosen for the three-day event.

Mr. Ackon indicated
that the church should not focus only on the spiritual growth of the people but
become active in efforts at making sure that they had access to education,
quality health, jobs, potable water and sanitation facilities.

He said the
government alone could not provide for all the felt needs of the population and
that was why the contribution of the church was important. 

The meeting
provided the platform for the brigade to review its performance and discuss the
way forward.

The Boys’ Brigade
is one of the largest youth organizations in the PCG and has been at the
forefront of efforts at promoting Christian values among young people.

It has been
organizing mentorship and leadership training programs to groom them into
responsible adults.

Mr. Ackon reminded
the youth to desist from anything evil, immoral and likely to ruin their lives.

He counseled them
to be patriotic, cherish hard work and to get involved in community service.

Mr. Kwamina
Amponsa-Dadzie, National President of the Brigade, described as deeply worrying
the growing indiscipline among the youth and said they were determined to
strengthen the conversation with the young people to pull them back from the
path to self-destruction.

They needed to be
aided to avoid making wrong choices – decisions that would forever torment
them, he added.   


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