The Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church of Ghana, the Most Reverend Dr. R.K. Aboagye-Mensah, has expressed concern about the level of preparations towards national events and celebrations.
'Whereas some countries take years to plan and prepare for major events, Ghana’s level and attitude of preparedness is not the best,' he said.
He pointed out that preparations are extremely important in all our endeavours.
Citing Malaysia, he said that even though it would celebrate its 50th anniversary at the same time with Ghana, they started planning and preparing as far back as 2004 and by 2006 had almost completed preparations.
'But in Ghana preparations started in 2006 which is not the best as bridges are being constructed in haste and may not stand the test of time.'
Most Rev. Aboagye Mensah was speaking at a thanksgiving service and commitment to God for the appointment of Samuel Bannerman-Mensah as the Director-General of the Ghana Education Service, on Sunday at the Adabraka Calvary Methodist Church.
He noted that prayers and preparations are bedfellows and are very important in all human endeavours.
He therefore charged people who occupy high positions in the society to pray ceasingly for God’s guidance
'You should avoid the temptation to allow yourself to be worshipped and be reminded that you will be required to give account of your stewardship so there is the need to establish a good working relationship with the workers in order to win their confidence.'
'Prayers, planning and preparations are important in whatever we have been tasked to do so, spend time to plan and prepare for the challenges ahead,' he advised.
Mr. Ato Essuman, Chief Director, Ministry of Education, Science and Sports, said the position of the GES Director General is a very difficult one and as a result few people apply for it.
'So if Mr Bannerman-Mensah has offered himself as a servant, he must be accorded all the necessary support and encouragement in order to strengthen him to deliver,' he said.
Mr Essuman therefore urged all stakeholders in the education sector particularly the unions, namely GNAT, NAGRAT and TEWU to rally behind the new Director-General.
For his part, Mr. Bannerman-Mensah said the task ahead was an arduous one, but pledged to diligently meet the challenges.