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30.09.2005 Regional News

Help nurture the youth for responsible leadership-Edumadze

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Ajumako (C/R,) Sept. 30, GNA - Mr Isaac Edumadze, Central Regional Minister, on Thursday asked Christian leaders, who are also members of various communities, to strive to inculcate in the youth the fear of God, discipline and hard work.

He stressed that this would help turn out future leaders, who would "be willing to go the extra mile to see our country developed". Mr Edumadze was addressing the second session of the Third Diocesan Synod of the Anglican Diocese of Cape Coast, at Ajumako. 45 members of the clergy drawn from the diocese are attending the five-day synod, which is under the theme "Behold I Make All Things New". The Minister, described the theme for the synod, as very appropriate, adding that, Ghana had gone through "very challenging periods" and that it was time for all to make positive contributions towards national development, to complement government's efforts. He commended the Anglican Church, for its major contribution in this aspect and observed that, apart from training priests to propagate the word of God to streamline the moral and spiritual life of the people, it has also among others, involved in the provision of schools and health facilities.

He charged participants at the synod to encourage their members to register with the National Health Insurance Scheme to enjoy the benefits of the scheme.

In his opening address, the Right Reverend Daniel Sylvanus Adotei Allotey, Anglican Bishop of Cape Coast, urged Ghanaians to discard the old habits of avarice, greed, pride and prejudice, "as we embark on a journey of fruitful and meaningful interaction with one another, both in the church and in the world, particularly our nation". "With this positive mind being our tool for action at this synod, let us together take a step of faith into the future", he declared. On socio-economic issues, he appealed to the government to listen to the concerns of the people, to help stem the tide of industrial strikes, which he said, could become institutionalised and adversely affect the nation's economy, and called on all to pray for the nation and the entire world for a just economic order that would help lessen the burdens of the average person in the street.

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