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26.08.2005 Regional News

Parents asked to refrain from spending lavishly


Nkoranza (B/A), Aug. 26, GNA- Madam Evelyn Adjei, Techiman Municipal Field Co-ordinator of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), has advised parents to refrain from spending lavishly on items and social activities and instead invest in the education of their children.

She deplored the attitude of some parents who spent prolifically on funerals, marriages and other social ceremonies to the detriment of their children's development. Madam Adjei was addressing the Eighth Biennial Convention of the Sunyani Diocesan Anglican Women's Fellowship at Nkoranza, which was attended by more than 300 members of the Fellowship from the Brong-Ahafo on Friday.

She said as, "As Christian parents, education should be the best legacy that we should bequeath to our children".

The ADRA Co-ordinator advised parents to ensure that their children, especially the girls go to school, to acquire knowledge and skills to enable them to effectively contribute to national development. Madam Adjei also urged women to undertake income-generating activities to enable them to support their husbands in the management of their homes.

Mr James Kwabena Appiah-Awuah, District Chief Executive (DCE), Christian parents to bring up their children to become God-fearing and to shun social vices.

He asked religious leaders to use the pulpit to educate their followers on government programmes and policies "since the Church and other religious bodies are stakeholder in national development". The DCE said: "Couples should live in harmony and promote peace and understanding among themselves so that their children could emulate them".

Mr Appiah-Awuah expressed dismay at moral decadence among some youth and called on the Churches to join the campaign against indiscipline.

The Reverend Father Dr. Joe Ayison of the Anglican Church in Sunyani, urged the women to let the teachings of Jesus Christ reflect in their daily lives so as to win more members for the Anglican Church. He reiterated that HIV/AIDS was real and cautioned the youth against pre-marital and illicit sex.

Madam Mercy Amankwaa, President of the Fellowship, advised wives to respect their husbands at all times and to support the needy and sick in their communities.

Venerable Peter Kwadwo Sakyi in-charge of the Church said since women were the light of the world as they formed the foundation for families they must ensure that their children led moral lives. Mr Eric Amoateng, Member of Parliament for Nkoranza North, attended the Convention and donation two million cedis to the Fellowship in support of their activities.