The Christian Council of Ghana says it is worried about the speed at which Ghanaians are losing confidence in government because their expectations are not being met.
The council says the recent frequent demonstrations, labour unrest and media reports about people committing suicide in some churches, are indications that people have grown tired of the unfulfilled promises of government.
The CCG in a communiqué issued after a meeting with the heads of churches, organizations and executive committee members called on government to take the necessary steps to restore public confidence in governance.
On the economy, the council said the current situation in the country is worsening as the harsh economic conditions have become unbearable.
It said government’s assurances and efforts at improving the economy and the livelihoods of Ghanaians must be backed by real action.
The encouraged every Ghanaian to support the government in finding a lasting solution to the current challenge.
Touching on the Ebola scare, the Christian Council said it has taken note of government’s commitment to fight the disease especially by quickly setting up isolation and treatment centres in all the ten regions of Ghana.
It, however, wants government to among other things quickly train and resource community health workers to be able to detect the virus for early treatment. It also wants government to train and equip health professionals with the needed logistics to be able to handle persons infected by the virus from their homes. It adds that the Ministry of Health and the Inter-Ministerial Committee should bring on-board religious leaders in its efforts at effectively responding to the disease should there be an outbreak. The council says insurance packages should be made available to health professionals who will be dealing with the disease.
On Cholera, it says the various Metropolitan, Municipal & District Assemblies must take concrete steps to ensure proper sanitation in the country and that they should review and enforce their by-laws on sanitation. The council also wants residents to stop the discharge of sewage and fecal matter into open drains and water courses in the metropolis. It is urging churches and other bodies to organize frequent voluntary clean-up exercises to help keep the environment clean.
The communiqué also asks government to honor its obligations of paying statutory funds on time. The Christian Council of Ghana says the non-payment of funds for the National Health Insurance Authority, Ghana Education Trust Fund, educational institutions, among others is making life very uncomfortable for most Ghanaians. It says government must honor these payments in order not to destabilize the system. It says government must take result oriented actions to deal with the enormous challenges confronting Ghanaians to bring an end to the current demonstrations and strike actions we are witnessing in the country.
It also wants church leaders, chieftaincy institutions and others to support efforts at restoring public confidence in the people they lead
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