Pay Back Woyome Cash; Methodist Church Tells Mills
THE OBUASI Diocesan Synod of the Methodist Church of Ghana has waded into the controversial judgment debt saga, calling on the government to retrieve the GH¢51.2million paid to Alfred Agbesi Woyome, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) financier.
The church said it was not interested in the jargons in which the money was clothed but the repayment to government chest.
The Mills administration doled out the huge money to the NDC bankroller in what it termed as a judgment debt after the government deliberately failed to defend the state even though government had no contract with Woyome.
The Obuasi Methodist Synod, led by its Bishop, Rt. Rev. Stephen Richard Bosomtwi-Ayensu, said at the opening of the 15 th Annual Synod of the church that whatever definition or explanation that stood for judgment debt was not too much of a bother to many Ghanaians, but its retrieval.
'This Synod is humbly appealing to the government and the powers-that-be to do their best to retrieve the huge sums of money paid to the brother concerned,' Rev Bosomtwi-Ayensu implored.
The Bishop added, 'I trust that the Government would not allow matters to rest till the so-called judgment debt money finds its way back to government chest to meet some of our social, educational, medical and developmental needs.'
Alfred Agbesi Woyome
He noted that media reports had suggested that some kind of debts were paid in the past, but he stated that, that one being the latest ought to be dealt with immediately to open the doors for reclamation of hidden ones.
Speaking on the theme: 'The Law Of Sowing And Reaping Has Never Been Repealed', Rev. Bosomtwi-Ayensu said it was a natural law to harvest what one planted.
Quoting from Mathew 7: 17-21 to build his point, the man of God indicated that every good tree bore good fruits, and that by extension, good policies and programmes put in place in various societies and personal lives would definitely bear good fruits to promote the church and lives to good heights.
He questioned the strength of Ghana's educational foundation and the quality of teachers produced after placing training colleges of education as second fiddle to university and polytechnic education in the country.
'It looks like students with academically better aggregates go to the universities; a little below the former are admitted into the polytechnics, while the unfortunate ones find their way to the Colleges of Education.
'Students at the training colleges of education are the foundation builders; if they are not of good material, then what happens to the ground level of the building?' he asked.
From Ernest Kofi Adu, Obuasi