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26.03.2005 Regional News

Help reduce post-harvest loses - Rev Oppong-Ankomah

By GNA

Takoradi, March 26, GNA - The Reverend Francis Oppong-Ankomah, General Secretary of the Christian Faith Church International has called on the government to assist research institutions to tackle post harvest loses once and for all.

He noted that canned agricultural products were imported in large quantities into the country while locally produced items got rotten due to the lack of processing and storage facilities.

Rev. Oppong-Ankomah said these at a four-day annual national Easter convention of the Church in Takoradi on the theme, "reviving the spirit of soul winning and evangelisation," on Good Friday.

He said the movement of Christians from one Church to the other was not the best, adding, "this could create confusion and infighting over members".

Rev. Oppong-Ankomah said Christians were expected to preach, teach, baptise and increase their numbers but many are rather moving from church to church without fulfilling their mission.

He said the use of abusive words among some politicians was not in the best interest of the country and appealed to Christians to condemn it. "Ghana needs peace, unity, tranquillity and equality and all efforts must be made to ensure that these principles are adhered to," he said. Rev. Oppong-Ankomah said the government should be sensitive to the plight of the people and should also cut down on its expenditure to enable it undertake more development projects, which should be evenly distributed.

The Reverend Wosonehwana Yeboah of the Living Flames Baptist Church preaching at the Kwesimintsim Park said the death of Christ took away the shame, fear, ignorance and inadequacy of Christians. He said Christians must not allow sin and other negative devices to prevent them from realising their full potentials.

Rev. Yeboah said it was not in the best interest of Ghanaians to use the Easter season for drinking, merry-making and engaging in anti-social activities.

Mr. Kobina Dickson, a Local preacher of the Methodist Church, preaching at the Namibia Methodist near Takoradi on, "The Suffering of Christ" said the importance of the suffering Jesus went through was to liberate man from condemnation.

He said freedom; justice and peace would be elusive if the suffering of Christ was undervalued during and after the Easter season. Mr. Dickson appealed to Ghanaians to renew their relationship with their neighbours, relations and friends and to be prepared to share with others in need.

At the Star of the Sea Cathedral in Takoradi, The Most Reverend John Martin Darko, Catholic Bishop of the Sekondi-Takoradi Diocese said the essence of the death of Christ would be lost on Ghanaians unless they associated themselves with the pain he bore for mankind. Leading in the demonstration of the Stations of the Cross at the Church premises, Bishop Darko said the significance of the exercise was to bring out the real meaning of the arrest, torture and suffering of Jesus Christ.

"We cannot claim to be true followers when we refuse to re-live the scenes, experience and the ordeal Jesus endured for the sake of mankind.

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