THE LEADER of the Ghana Evangelical Society, Brother Emmanuel Enoch Agbozo, has made a passionate appeal to the government to develop a sound, clear and concise social policy that would cater for the welfare of the poor and vulnerable.
Such a policy, he noted, would provide the basis for socio-economic development and improvement in the quality of life.
Brother Agbozo made the appeal at an end of year thanksgiving service of the Society in Accra on the theme: "The Christian Faith and You."
He asked government to seek, respect and maintain the divine will in the running of national affairs. Brother Agbozo observed that Ghana was at the threshold of profound changes under the direction, supervision and hand of God.
He said the old state of reproach, frustration, disillusionment and desolation was passing away; "Unfortunately, the political and cultural landscapes of the country are yet to appreciate and understand, much more acknowledge the hand, works and purposes of God."
Brother Agbozo said 2007 had been a blessing for Ghana and listed some of the divine favours as the election of President John Agyekum Kufuor as Chairman of the African Union, the discovery of oil in commercial quantities and the Millennium Challenge Account, under which the US had given the country US $547 million as development aid.
Brother Agbozo said it was time for Ghanaians to consider the priorities of the country as an independent and sovereign entity and eschew policies and practices of dependence, as well as unnecessary and unhealthy alliances with foreign countries.
"In this connection, Ghana's relationship with Europe, America, Asia and Middle East must be held subordinate to the relationship with African countries and socio-economic development of Africa.
"Africa's independent development and progress cannot be held hostage to global trade and investment in so-called Global Village, in which the shots are called by Euro-America, who by definition, hold the largest concentration of the wealth of the world," he warned.
Brother Agbozo said the natural resources of Africa constituted sufficient wealth base with vast opportunities for development devoid of the trappings of foreign control, exploitation, oppression, manipulation and wicked interferences.By Sheilla Sackey