Consensus needed for economic progress – Oppong Nkrumah to clergy

 The Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, says consensus building between government and stakeholders is crucial for the country’s economic progress.

He said such regular engage­ments were necessary in finding common grounds on issues of concern to citizens.

• Mr Oppong Nkrumah (fourth from right) with the leadership of the Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council
• Mr Oppong Nkrumah (fourth from right) with the leadership of the Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council

The Minister who is also the Member of Parliament for Afoase Ayirebi was addressing the lead­ership of the Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council in Accra yesterday.

The delegation led by the Presi­dent of the Council, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, was at the Ministry of Information to present a com­munique from the recent annual conference to government.

Mr Nkrumah commended the group for not only concentrating on the church and spiritual mat­ters, but also paying attention to contemporary social and economic issues which impact livelihoods.

“The need for constant en­gagement and consensus building between government and stake­holders within the economy cannot be over-emphasised. Among other things, we need consensus for economic progress.

Different stakeholders have different interests and objectives. And if each stakeholder sticks to an unyielding position we can hard­ly make progress. It is important that we engage regularly to find common ground on these things that matter most to us collectively,” he said.

He assured the council that mat­ters raised in the communique were of keen interest to any administra­tion and his ministry would do well to ensure that the attention of the central government was brought to these matters, some keener atten­tion was paid to them and middle ground found on as many of them as possible.

“Faith-based organisations like the church remain our foundation. You are also our north star. It is important that you constantly participate in the public discourse. Highlighting not only the chal­lenges in society that must be dealt with, but also behaviours that pull the state back. My hope is that you never renege on these no matter the pushback,” he added.

The President of the Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Coun­cil, Apostle Nyamekye, said the church was always ready to play its role in nation-building by sharing feedback and using its platforms to educate and create awareness on national issues.

He appealed to government to critically look at issues raised in the communique and address them in these crucial times.


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