Ghana Beyond Aid Committee confers with Faith-Based Organizations

By
Alexander Nyarko Yeboah, GNA

Accra, Oct. 9, GNA
– The Ghana Beyond Aid Committee has met Faith-Based Organizations as part of
its efforts to broaden consultations on the drafting of a comprehensive charter
document that would guide the nation towards to self sufficiency.

The meeting was
also to solicit the help of the religious organizations to join in the effort
to educate Ghanaians on the need to embark on a path of progress and
development that would end the nation’s dependency on aid as she evolved a true
means of development.

In a presentation
on Tuesday at the Alisa Hotel, the Senior Minister, Mr. Yaw Osafo-Maafo,
observed the need to “mobilize our resources 
and deploy same in a transparent manner. To achieve this there is the
need for policy and institutional reforms for economic transformation.”

Mr. Osafo-Maafo,
who was also the Chairman for the Committee, informed that, “Ghana Beyond Aid
requires a new mind set and a commitment to do things differently by all
members of society. We can achieve this if we all play our part.”

Mr. Osafo-Maafo
bemoaned the lack of patriotism that had made people to care less about
societal well being  and to indulge in
activities that were inimical to the progress of society.

The Senior Minister
reiterated the need to harness Ghana’s potentials in producing the her needs
instead of spending huge sums of money just to import products.

“You will be amazed
to hear of the huge sums of  money we
spend in importing rice when Ghana has fertile land that could produce rice to
feed the whole of West Africa,” he informed.

The Senior Minister
indicated that all that had been made possible because of the wrong mindset
that the Ghanaian had accepted—the mind set of dependency that ensured that
Ghanaians always looked outside the country for help instead of generating
resources from within.

Mr. Osafo-Maafo
informed that this wrong mindset had also made many Ghanaians, especially those
in the public sector, not to work diligently to ensure that they promoted the
welfare of the state even though they were paid to do that.

He asked the
religious organizations to take advantage of the trust their membership posed
in them to join in the crusade to transform the mind of the Ghanaian which was
a key ingredient in the struggle for self-sufficiency development.

The Representative
of the Catholic Bishops Conference, Bishop Gabriel Kumodzi of the Keta Akatsi
Diocese, observed that “in the past few years, we have had many initiatives and
slogans, now we have WISER Ghana. We’ve had ‘Operation feed yourself’ and ‘Eat
what you Plant and Can what you eat.”

The Cleric
indicated that there was the need to incorporate all those ideas into a single
approach which would help Ghana to be consistent in her drive to achieve self
sufficiency.

Bishop Kumodzi
informed that changing one’s attitude did not come easy,“It must be supervised.
You need gadgets to do that and the gadgets that can do that are our system.
People come to work anytime and receive the same salary and that doesn’t
encourage hard work. And so the bad ones are converting the good ones, which
means there must be a system that reward the good ones and punish the bad
ones.”

The Head of the
Council of the National Chief Imam, Alhaji Gado Mohammed, informed that the
Faith-Based organizations should be in a position to assist government when it
came to changing the values and attitudes of citizens through their regular
sermons.

He admonished
religious organizations not to only teach religion, but also social issues as a
way of motivating their members to work in the interest of national
development.

GNA

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