The Chairman of the Church of Pentecost, Apostle Eric Kwabena Nyamekye has bemoaned the attitude of a section of Ghanaian leaders against the ways of God.
Apostle Nyamekye also condemned the attitude of some Ghanaian pastors who spend precious time preaching about their designer shoes and jackets they bought from Western countries to show their wealth, describing the act as shameful.
He told a packed church that it was equally shameful for chiefs to sell one parcel of land to ten people.
Apostle Nyamekye made these comments on Sunday when he addressed hundreds of member of his church, chiefs and politicians at the Asokwa Area Assembly in Kumasi during the church’s launch of its Environmental Care Campaign programme in Kumasi.
He did not stop there. The revered man of God said it was shameful for political leaders to go to Europe and others to borrow huge sums of money to build roads and social amenities for the citizens only to corrupt it for their personal benefits.
The man of God said although sometimes Ghanaians blame the politicians for the wrongs in the society, many directors at public institutions who are also church leaders are also perpetrators of corruption.
He observed that about 70 per cent of Ghanaians are believed to be Christians yet corruption was on the ascendency a situation he said was indicative of the fact that the corrupt society was dominated by Christians.
There, therefore, called for a complete change of mindset to free the system of corruption and selfishness.
The campaign which was launched in Accra last year bears the slogan for the next five years as “My Environment My Responsibility”.
Apostle Nyamekye told the congregation that the church, as part of its civic responsibility, is in partnership with Zoomlion Ghana Limited to ensure that the environment is kept clean and ensure a green revolution in Ghana.
He said the Church of Pentecost will partner with government to provide facilities to decongest Ghana’s over-populated prisons and build CHPS compounds in selected communities.
The church will also drill boreholes in another partnership with World Vision also in some selected communities across the country.
He said God created the earth and handed to humans and demanded care of it, adding this divine mandate must never be overlooked.
The Asokwa Municipal Chief Executive, Akwanuassah Gyimah, said the government was grateful to the Church of Pentecost for their innovations over the years that has been very helpful to the country and urged them to keep it up.
He said government will continue to support the church and Zoomlion’s collaboration to ensure the country becomes attractive to tourists.
He warned Ghanaians to be careful of Ponzi schemes whereby they follow mouthwatering interest rates to loose their money to such schemes.
He explained that it was untrue for people to say that the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Atta, is collapsing banks for his Databank to thrive. Mr Gyimah said it was due to the recklessness in the banking sector that government demands the GHS400 million as protection cover so that when the unfortunate happens and those banks grounds government will use such money to support the depositors.
The Asokwa Municipal Manager of Zoomlion Ghana Limited, Maxwell O. Antwi in a presentation to the congregation said Zoomlion had diagnosed and prescribed the waste bin as a one-stop solution to Ghana’s waste problems.
He said the bin when adopted by everyone including government will provide jobs for the youth, enhance tourism, ensure a cleaner environment, protect Ghanaians from communicable diseases and so, therefore, save the Nationally Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) from collapsing as fewer people will use the health facilities.
He urged government, civil society groups and the individual Ghanaian to embrace Zoomlion’s one million bin nationwide distribution project to own a waste bin to ensure household cleanliness.
Zoomlion had earlier promised One Household, One Bin project. Zoomlion had assured Ghanaians that Universal Plastic Product and Recycling Plant (UPPR), one its subsidiary, had started producing a bin to supply to clients nationwide — an initiative Ecobank Ghana had bought into. Ecobank Ghana provided $10 million in loans to the company for the project.
The Chief of Asokwa, Nana Fe Asamoah who was accompanied by Kaasehene and others was thankful for the partnership between the church and Zoomlion.
He urged that the Youth Employment Authority should always engage the youth who understand current trends of environmental sanitation to keep the environment clean, instead of engaging the aged who have not enough energy to do the work.
He believed Zoomlion’s work was commendable in his jurisdiction but added that there was always room for improvement.