Church should lead fight against corruption – Prof Martey
The Right Reverend Professor Emmanuel Martey, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana (PCG), has rallied his colleague pastors to be bold to speak up and lead the fight against corruption in the society.
He described as deeply troubling the situation where people found to have engaged in corrupt practices got away with their crimes and said that would have to end.
“Ghana has for now been made naked because of the high level of corruption”, he said, when he addressed the opening session of this year’s Ministers Conference of the Church in Kumasi.
The four-day programme is being held under the theme “Jesus Christ, our mandate for ministry – hazards and benefits”.
It would provide the platform for the Ministers to assess their performance and discuss how to sustain the church on the path of progress.
They would also use the event to deliberate on national issues ranging from health, education, job creation to the campaign against corruption.
The Moderator noted that corruption had taken such firm root and become so pervasive in all sectors of the nation’s socio-economic and political life that it was making it difficult for the nation to make headway in its development effort.
He warned that as long as the canker thrived, the country’s development would continue to struggle.
The Rt. Rev Prof. Martey reminded the clergy that they had been commissioned into the gospel ministry to salvage the society from anything evil and asked that they lived up to their calling.
The Rev Dr. Kwabena Opuni-Frimpong, General-Secretary of the Christian Council of Ghana, called for religious tolerance and harmony.
That, he said, was the way to go help promote peaceful co-existence and unity which were vital for the progress of the nation.
Prof William Otoo Ellis, Vice-Chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), encouraged the church to focus both on the spiritual growth and physical needs of the people.