The Ecumenical Women's Council, comprising Catholic, Anglican, Presbyterian and Methodist churches in Kumasi, has expressed concern about a revelation made by a self-proclaimed man of God, Pastor Sarfo Adu against the Metro Chief Executive, Madam Patricia Appiagyei.
The Man of God is alleged to have revealed that a woman should not occupy the position of KMA as a Chief Executive as it is the seat of Asanteman and a taboo for a woman to be the head. At a press conference in Kumasi, members of the Ecumenical Women's Council described the declaration by Pastor Sarfo Adu who hails from Agona Jamasi in the Ashanti Region, as unfortunate and should be condemned by all well meaning Ghanaians particularly women.
The president of the council, Mrs. Victoria Priscilla Darkwa, who spoke on behalf of the members, said, at a time when government through several of it's agencies like the National Commission for Civic Education, NCCE, is encouraging women to be involved in local governance at all levels of decision making towards enhanced democracy and socio-economic development, such negative public utterances should not be made against women.
She said women need the liberty, respect and recognition of all to showcase their God-given talents and encouraged women to take their rightful positions in the society. She cited a number of women who have aspired to be leaders worldwide and are championing the course of development and good leadership.
The Ecumenical Council according to Mrs. Victoria Priscilla Darkwa recognizes that the KMA Chief Executive's position as not a male prerogative and refuted the so-called revelation made by the self-styled man of God.
Madam Patricia Appiagyei according to the council's President, has chalked a lot of academic achievements and experience in Business Management, Marketing, Banking, Micro-Financing, Project Managing and Enterprise Development in the public and private sectors, and deserves to be in that top position in Kumasi even though he is a woman.
The members of the council called on the general public to disregard Pastor Sarfo Adu's declaration and treat it as a falsehood meant to discourage women in general to aspire to rub shoulders with their male counterparts in building a better Ghana.