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23.03.2004 General News

Democratic Governance holds the key to Ghana's Dev't - Envoy

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Democratic governance constituted the bedrock for Ghana's accelerated development, Mr Isaac Osei, Ghana's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom has declared.

He said it was only through the democratic process that Ghana could be transformed into a united and prosperous country.

A statement received in Accra on Tuesday from the Ghana High Commission in London said Mr Osei was speaking at a special church service organised by the Ghana Association of Reading at Reading, United Kingdom. It was under the theme: "God Bless Ghana".

The Church service, which was to mark the 47th anniversary of Ghana, also coincided with the 10th anniversary of the Association. The High Commissioner noted that the sordid periods of military dictatorship now belonged to the past.

"Ghana, under the leadership of President John Agyekum Kufuor, was now moving steadily towards the realisation of true democracy in Ghana in line with the beliefs and aspirations of Ghanaians", he said.

Mr Osei said the Government would continue to adhere to democratic values underpinned by the freedom of the individual and rule of law. He said the Government would not rest on its oars until the enabling environment had been nurtured to enable Ghanaians go about their affairs and businesses without let or hindrance.

Pastor George Dadey of the SDA Church in Reading, in a sermon urged Ghanaians to be part of the solution to the problems facing the nation. He said Ghanaians should emulate the Founding Fathers and cultivate the culture of love for one another.

Dr Joseph Senyah, President of the Association, pledged to mobilise the members to contribute meaningfully to the "Ten Pounds Save A Life Appeal Fund" set up to raise money for the Health Sector.

He said the Association had been proactive since it was established and made valuable donations to communities and institutions in Ghana. Dr Senyah said under a project developed in collaboration with the GAP, a nongovernmental organisation (NGO), selected British students would undertake a study tour of Ghana in September to share ideas with their Ghanaian counterparts.