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Regional News | Dec 6, 2004

Bishop of Sunyani Diocese calls for peaceful elections

BERNADETTE OFORI,SPACE FM,SUNYANI

The Catholic Bishop of Sunyani Diocese, The most Rev. Matthew Kwasi Gyamfi, has called on Ghanaians and all believers of the various religious sects to comport themselves during and after they have exercised their franchise in tomorrow's polls to maintain and promote the existing peace the Country is enjoying.

The Rt. Rev. noted that Christians and other believers have greater roles to play in peace-making.

Most Rev. Matthew Gyamfi gave the advice when he ordained five new Priests at Amasu in the Dormaa District of Brong-Ahafo Region.

He congratulated the new Ministers for their hard work and sense of dedication.

The five Ministers are; Rev. Father Eric Kwadwo Twene, Rev. Father Thomas Oppong-Febiri, both from Dormaa District, Rev. Father Benedict Adu-Frimpong from Wenchi District, Rev. Father Savio Obour from Jaman District and Rev. Father Francis Kwabena Gyabaah also from Techiman District.

They pledged to serve God and His children at all times to promote and lift up high the name of Christ Jesus.

In his maiden Mass at Christ the King Cathedral, Rev. Father Twene, called for unity among Christians and all believers to promote God's work.

BECHEMHENE CALLS FOR DISCIPLINE

The Omanhene of the Bechem Traditional Area, Nana Fosu Gyeabour II, has observed that the most current threat to the very survival and existence of Ghana as a nation is indiscipline, and has therefore called for patriotism and hard work from all Ghanaians to build a better nation.

He pointed out that our fore fathers were progressive because they were dedicated and had the nation at heart.

Nana Fosu Gyeabour was delivering the keynote address at a well attended mini durbar to climax the 9th celebration of the Akwasidae at Bechem.

The Omanhene said the society should take a critical look at bragro and the consequence of kyiribra as a way of minimising teenage pregnancy.

He admitted that Bechem and its environs still remain comparatively unhealthy when judged by the malaria in their hospitals and clinics. He therefore challenged all to keep the environment clean at all times.

Nana Fosu Gyeabour was of the view that in the 21st century Ghana is still producing millions of children who have no hope for normal life, adding that it is time to focus more attention on what takes place in the child's total environment which is made up of the classroom, the home and the outside world.

According to Nana, the Bechem Traditional Council has embarked on a cultural revolution on the relationship between traditions and the church.

He announced that a Funeral Committee to oversee the celebration of funerals at Bechem will take off in January 2005.

Touching on education, Nana said the mission of the traditional Council is to create as much as possible illiteracy free Bechem society that will inject real meaning, direction, discipline and training into the life the child so that he can grow into a responsible, independent and peace loving adult.

He called on the electorate to vote peacefully tomorrow.

Over thirty nine divisional chiefs and Queenmothers attended the ceremony.

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