The Founder and leader of Glorious Word Power Ministry International, Rev Isaac Owusu Bempah, has commended the leadership qualities of President William Addo Dankwa “Nana” Akufo-Addo, describing him as a ”listening President”.
The President, in his 10th address to the country on Sunday, announced a decision to ease the restrictions on social gathering, saying ‘’Twenty-five percent (25%) attendance, with a maximum number of one hundred (100) congregants, can worship at a time in church or at the mosque,’’
‘’According to him, Leaders of the Christian Council, the Pentecostal Council and the Charismatic Council and collaborated and advised the President on what to do next as far as the easing of restriction on social gathering is concerned,’’ He told Captain Smart on Angel Anopa Bosuo.
‘’I don’t the President just woke up and came up with the decision to ease the restriction on churches and the mosques. That was a consensus decision which was taken to help protect Ghanaians from contracting the Covid-19,’’ the clergy added.
‘’So, fellow Ghanaians, with effect from Friday, 5th June, we will begin Stage One of the process of easing restrictions.
‘’An abridged format for religious services can commence. Twenty-five percent (25%) attendance, with a maximum number of one hundred (100) congregants, can worship at a time in church or at the mosque, with a mandatory one metre rule of social distancing between congregants. In addition to the mandatory wearing of masks for all persons at all times in churches and mosques, a register of names and contact details of all worshippers and hand washing facilities and sanitisers must be provided, with a maximum duration of one (1) hour for each service,’’ President Akufo-Addo said in his address to the nation on Sunday 31st
He added ‘’Religious institutions that are desirous of opening their premises to their members, such as churches, mosques and others, must disinfect, fumigate and put in place the requisite logistics needed to guarantee safe opening and operation. They must work with the designated, regulatory bodies and undertake test runs of the protocols I have outlined. I would appeal to them, in the case of Christians, on the first Sunday of re-opening, i.e. 7th June, in the case of the Adventists, Saturday, 6th June, and in the case of Muslims, on the first Friday, i.e. Ṣalāt al-Jumuʿah on 5th June, to dedicate their worship to prayers for the nation in these challenging times. The Minister for Religious Affairs, will, tomorrow, Monday, 1st June, outline, in detail, the specific guidelines for the safe reopening of our churches and mosques,’’