The Presbyterian Church of Ghana,Asante Akyem Presbytery has launched a campaign to embark on keeping our environment and ourselves clean.The program was held on Friday,25th October,2019 in Konongo,the municipal capital of Asante Akim Central.This campaign is to tackle the sanitation menace of the country.
This follows a national sanitation campaign by the church.Also the issue of sanitation prominently featured in the Moderator’s address of the 19th General Assembly held in August this year.
Addressing the gathering,Rev. Bright Agyekum Kobeah,the District Minister of Konongo Bethel Congregation and the Director of the Ecumenical and Social Relations Department,stressed on how cleanliness is dear to the heart of the church,therefore such a campaign.He emphasized on the need to keep our surroundings clean always.
“Every last Saturday of every quarter of the year,Congregations are to carry out a massive sanitation campaign and clean-up in their respective localities.”,he hinted.The Ecumenical and Social Relations and Development and Social Services Committees are to monitor this all important exercise.
“Again,every Congregation is expected to collaborate with the relevant stakeholders such as the Assemblies,the Ghana Health Service and NGOs especially Zoomlion Company Limited to help in any agenda that seeks to improve environmental health and sanitation in their communities”,he added.
The campaign was duly launched by the Chairman of the Asante Akyem Presbytery,Rev. Dr Anokye Nkansah.
In his remarks,,he said the only way to curb the sanitation challenges we face as a country is by having attitudinal changes across all levels.He expressed concern about the worsening insanitary conditions in the country and called on pastors to use the pulpit to educate their congregants to join efforts to ensure a clean environment.To him “Cleanliness is Godliness”,Christians must therefore be up to the task in terms of sanitation.
He therefore called on all stakeholders, corporate organizations, religious bodies, civil societies, NGOs, individuals and the general public “to preach the Gospel of good environmental practices.”
Chairman for the program,Nana Obranee Frimpong,representative of Konongo Traditional Area also pledged the full support of Nananom in this sanitation campaign.
The launch of the sanitation campaign had in attendance representatives from religious groups,the clergy,the traditional council,departments and government agencies,pupils of Konongo Presby Basic A and B among other high-profile dignitaries.
Source:Virgin City Radio,Konongo/Barima Kwasi-Poku