Let’s be non-partisan – Christian Council admonishes Ghanaians

The Christian Council has called for an end  to the partisan  approach adopted  when solutions are  being sought to challenges  confronting the country’s  development.  It said that the recent surge in  unemployment, depreciation of  the cedi and road accidents in the  country, could be reversed if the  issues were discussed in a  bipartisan manner.

The council also described as  worrying the spate of corruption,  pollution of water bodies and  labour unrest in the country.

In a communique issued on national issues in Accra, the council commended the government for tasking the  Attorney-General and Minister of  Justice to ensure the refund of  money wrongfully paid to some  individuals and companies.

It said the moneys were wrongly paid as a result of contracts given by the Savannah Accelerated Development  Authority (SADA), Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Development Agency (GYEEDA) and the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), as well as those wrongly paid to Waterville and Isofoton.

The council, however,  requested the government to make its plans to retrieve the   money public. It also requested  the government to investigate the  misappropriation of over GHC2  billion by public officials, as  indicated in the 2012 Auditor  General’s Report and prosecute  culprits accordingly. 

It also said the government should be eo mm ended for abolishing the policy that allowed public officers to purchase state bungalows and vehicles allocated to them.

Merchant Bank sale
According to the council, the  government, together with social  security and National Insurance  Trust (SSNIT), must provide  adequate information on the sale  of Merchant Bank to Fortiz Equity  Fund. it advised all political  parties, especially the New  Patriotic Party (NPP) and the  National Democratic Congress  (NDC), to stop the partisan  manner in which they discussed  the Merchant Bank sale in order  “to help the ordinary Ghanaian  appreciate the real issues about  the sale”. 

The council also called on the government and SSNIT to explain to the public why the deal offered by Fortiz Private Equity Fund was better than that of First Rand and 

the other applicants. 
State of the economy 
According to the Christian  Council, the current economic  situation was making it difficult  for businesses to thrive, thereby  increasing unemployment and  the poverty levels of Ghanaians. 

The council advised the Bank  of Ghana, as a matter of urgency,  to take the necessary steps to  reverse the depreciation of the  cedi against the major trading  currencies such as the dollar. 

It also urged the government to  develop the necessary strategies to  manage the nation’s resources  prudently and avoid budget  deficits. 

Tobinco Pharmacy and the Food and-Drugs Authority (FDA) 

The council commended the  Ministry of Health and  parliamentary select Committee  on Health for their intervention in  the Tobinco- Food and Drugs  Authority (FDA) saga.  Regulatory authorities,  according to the council, must  ensure that they applied the  necessary sanctions objectively to  any entity that operated contrary  to their regulations. 

The council also called for the hastening of efforts to solve the impasse, in order to stem tile dwindling fortunes ofTobinco Pharmacy, adding that the FDA must rather use its offices to promote Tobinco and other related companies to make them more viable to be able to compete with those in other parts of the world. need for the Electoral commission (EC) to work closely with political parties, civil society organisations and religious bodies to undertake the necessary electoral reforms. 

The EC was also advised to prepare the voters register on time to give political parties and other stakeholders the needed time to prepare for the next elections, and also develop a “more structured and systemic recruitment and training of election officials.” 


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