Kodjo Adams, GNA
Accra, Jan. 2, GNA –
Politicians have been advised to be decorum in their utterances and campaign on
issues and make the living conditions of Ghanaians better ahead of the December
numerous problems as a country and there is the need for our politicians to
stop the blame game and rather bring up workable or practical solutions through
demands that our leaders pull everybody along. Let all Ghanaians have a sense
belonging towards the nation building agenda,” Reverend Emmanuel
Antwi-Tumfuor, the National Director, Evangelism of the E. P.Church stated
in a New Year message copied to the Ghana News Agency in Accra.
said a disturbing issue in the country’s quest to consolidate constitutional
rule was how “we vilify and bastardize state institutions and their management
disagree with the styles of management, but there should be constructive
criticism in a decorous manner”.
who is also a Pastor in charge of Tema West District of E. P. Church, Ghana
reminded leaders in the helm of affairs of governance, state institutions and
religious bodies, to let transparency and accountability be their watch
and accountability must reflect in all our endeavours as a people. When we
uphold these values transparency, it clears misconception or doubts that people
may have about any action or decision,” he said.
He said the Churches
and religious gatherings must be the rallying grounds to remind the public to
be transparent and accountable in our actions to promote unity and propel
He encouraged all to
deliberately pursue national development policies and not political party
focused development policies.
“If we have this
philosophy that development is a process, then continuation of projects and
programmes started by previous governments should not be seen as doing any
community a favour.
authorities to work assiduously to address any pitfalls with regards to
breaches in the award of contracts, procurement breaches to avoid delays in the
completion of national projects.
government agenda of targeting 2020 as year of roads and prayed for effective
monitoring and supervision of the projects to ensure that the roads meet
Ghanaians to buy made in Ghana rice, urging the farmers to work to add value,
improve the quality and packaging of Ghanaian products.
He urged the
Metropolitan and Municipal District Assemblies (MMDAs) to fully explore the
property rate collection and payment for building permits to boost revenue.
“All over the
country, there are a number of building projects on going where people have not
paid for their building permits. Once there are no building permits it will be
difficult for the Assemblies to have data base on such properties and even
project how much they can generate from there,” he said.
“Our MMDAs must
tap into this area to generate more revenue. Our MMDAs should hold public
forums to collect views of the residents especially property owners, so that
they can encourage them to live up to their civic responsibilities by paying
He called on all to
continue to support State-Church partnership with regular review processes, to
tackle gaps in the systems, stressing that there was the need to leverage on
this for accelerated progress.