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The Ghana Catholic Bishops Conference has urged President Nana Akufo-Addo to take immediate action to stop politicians and their cronies from wasting the country’s resources for personal gain.
Most Rev. Philip Naameh, president of the Ghana Catholic Bishops Conference, made the call at the association’s plenary assembly this year in Wa, saying the practice has led to high perceived corruption and corruptible practices among the ruling class, which is harming the national economy and worsening the country’s poverty situation.
“Though poverty stares us in the face, it appears lost to those with power. The expressed commitment of the President of the Republic to protect the public purse, a promise that citizens welcomed, seems to be an illusion now.”
“Are those managing the public purse not concerned about waste and misapplication of resources that belong to all Ghanaians? Can this be referred to as irresponsible use of power or the lack of compassion and empathy?” Citinewsroom quoted him as saying.
The Most Rev. Naameh cautioned politicians not to take the will of the electorate for granted, saying “those who are entrusted with power that comes from our collective will must know that what they do with that (power) shapes what we all will become in the future.”
The association also decried the challenges confronting key sectors of the economy such as education, health, mobility and transportation, fake news and misinformation, cybercrime and prostitution, as well as inadequate communication and information and communications technology infrastructure, and urged the government to take immediate steps to alleviate the current economic situation by instituting policies that will result in the creation of long-term jobs for the teaming.
The Conference’s president also called for an open and honest dialogue between the government and all stakeholders to address the challenges that the Covid-19 pandemic has created in the education and health sectors.
In his welcome address, the Bishop of Wa, Most Rev. Richard Kuuia Baawobr, expressed concern about the spillover of criminal activities and disasters from neighbouring countries, such as diseases, pestilence, armed robbery, and other vices.
He urged religious leaders in the Upper West Region to continue informing their followers about the threat.
‘Fratellituti and Covid-19: pastoral challenges and opportunities in Ghana,’ is the theme of this year’s Catholic Bishops Conference.
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