Church must support government to provide holistic development – Senior Minister

Accra- Mr Yaw Osafo-Maafo, the Senior Minister, has urged churches to encourage government to address the various challenges that are prevalent in all aspects of life, including; social and economic infrastructure.

He stated that the Church should advise government to deploy policy strategies that would seek to expand existing social, economic and governance infrastructure to ensure that services provided by state agencies to the people are reliable, affordable and efficient.

The Senior Minister said this in Accra at the opening session of a National Conference on Integral Human Development on the theme: The Church in Ghana Today and the Promotion of Integral Human Development: Rethinking and Reconstructing Commitments, Approaches and Institutional Development.

The conference was organised by the National Catholic Secretariat with support from the Catholic Relief Services and MISEREOR, the German Catholic Bishops’ organisation for development cooperation.

Mr Osafo-Maafo said it was imperative for the Church to impress on government on the need to enforce existing bye-laws on sanitation and noise pollution, especially by some Churches, increase awareness of the negative impact of noise pollution on the health of citizens through education.

The Church must support government in its fight against illegal mining and the restoration of degraded forest and general land management, adding that land management had an impact on the environment and natural resource base of the country.

He stated that research revealed that about 70 per cent of total land surface of the country had been degraded and urged the Church to insist that development projects take into account the impact on environment for proper planning.

He commended the Church for partnering government to provide services such as education, health, infrastructure, and job creation, which were key to the attainment of integrated human development.

Mr Osafo-Maafo said the Church through the Christian Health Association of Ghana, which is a network of 302 health institutions owned by 25 different Christian denominations, was providing health services to Ghanaians throughout the regions.

He said government had developed the Coordinated Programme of Economic and Social Development Policies (2017-2024), an agenda for growth, jobs, prosperity, and equal opportunities to accelerate economic growth.

Most Rev Philip Naameh, the President of Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference, appealed to Catholic Bishops to embrace the emerging trend in the Church to re-emphasise the service of charity.

He said the conference was expected to expose participants to new information and knowledge to help in organisational reforms at the National and Diocesan levels.

He urged the Catholic leadership to exhibit good leadership and be bold to re-examine its structures in the light of the Church’s professionalism, good governance, transparency and accountability.

Very Rev Dr Daniel F.Saaka, the Vice Rector of St Victor’s Major Seminary, Tamale said Pope Francis had re-defined the confines of poverty and set a new agenda for both the Church and political authorities through the institution of the World Day of the Poor.

He said the declaration of Agenda 2030 on the Sustainable Development Goals talked about the principle to ensure that no one was left behind, adding that the principle encapsulated Pope Francis vision on promotion of integrated human development.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Church must support government to provide holistic development – Senior Minister

Accra- Mr Yaw Osafo-Maafo, the Senior Minister, has urged churches to encourage government to address the various challenges that are prevalent in all aspects of life, including; social and economic infrastructure.

He stated that the Church should advise government to deploy policy strategies that would seek to expand existing social, economic and governance infrastructure to ensure that services provided by state agencies to the people are reliable, affordable and efficient.

The Senior Minister said this in Accra at the opening session of a National Conference on Integral Human Development on the theme: The Church in Ghana Today and the Promotion of Integral Human Development: Rethinking and Reconstructing Commitments, Approaches and Institutional Development.

The conference was organised by the National Catholic Secretariat with support from the Catholic Relief Services and MISEREOR, the German Catholic Bishops’ organisation for development cooperation.

Mr Osafo-Maafo said it was imperative for the Church to impress on government on the need to enforce existing bye-laws on sanitation and noise pollution, especially by some Churches, increase awareness of the negative impact of noise pollution on the health of citizens through education.

The Church must support government in its fight against illegal mining and the restoration of degraded forest and general land management, adding that land management had an impact on the environment and natural resource base of the country.

He stated that research revealed that about 70 per cent of total land surface of the country had been degraded and urged the Church to insist that development projects take into account the impact on environment for proper planning.

He commended the Church for partnering government to provide services such as education, health, infrastructure, and job creation, which were key to the attainment of integrated human development.

Mr Osafo-Maafo said the Church through the Christian Health Association of Ghana, which is a network of 302 health institutions owned by 25 different Christian denominations, was providing health services to Ghanaians throughout the regions.

He said government had developed the Coordinated Programme of Economic and Social Development Policies (2017-2024), an agenda for growth, jobs, prosperity, and equal opportunities to accelerate economic growth.

Most Rev Philip Naameh, the President of Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference, appealed to Catholic Bishops to embrace the emerging trend in the Church to re-emphasise the service of charity.

He said the conference was expected to expose participants to new information and knowledge to help in organisational reforms at the National and Diocesan levels.

He urged the Catholic leadership to exhibit good leadership and be bold to re-examine its structures in the light of the Church’s professionalism, good governance, transparency and accountability.

Very Rev Dr Daniel F.Saaka, the Vice Rector of St Victor’s Major Seminary, Tamale said Pope Francis had re-defined the confines of poverty and set a new agenda for both the Church and political authorities through the institution of the World Day of the Poor.

He said the declaration of Agenda 2030 on the Sustainable Development Goals talked about the principle to ensure that no one was left behind, adding that the principle encapsulated Pope Francis vision on promotion of integrated human development.

Source: Ghana News Agency