The Minister for Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, says consensus building between the 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 the citizens.
The Minister, who is also the Member of Parliament (MP) for Afoase Ayirebi, was addressing the leadership of the Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council in Accra on Monday, February 6, 2023.
The delegation, led by the President of the Council, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, was at the Ministry of Information to present a communiqué from the recent Annual Conference to the 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 the matters raised in the communiqué were of keen interest to any administration, and that his Ministry would do well to ensure that the attention of central government was brought to these matters, and some keener attention was paid to them, and a 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 Eric 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 the government to critically look at issues raised in the communiqué and address them in these crucial times.
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