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01.11.2005 Regional News

Churches urged to educate members on need to pay taxes

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Aburi, Nov. 1, GNA - Mr Magnus Opare Asamoah, Deputy Minister of Roads and Transport has urged churches to educate their members on their responsibility to pay taxes towards the development of the country. "Some Christians after conversion abandon their social responsibilities - that is the extreme part of change. Let us be mindful of change and its management."

Mr Opare Asamoah gave the advice when he delivered a message at the 70th anniversary of the St Luke's Anglican Church at Aburi on Sunday. He said the church should not only be seen to be preaching the word of God alone, but should also demonstrate to the people their obligation of honouring their taxes.

Mr Opare Asamoah, who is also the Member of Parliament for Aburi-Nsawam Constituency said during the "positive change one" period government tackled a lot of infrastructure like roads and school buildings, adding that, "nowadays most school children do not carry chairs from their homes to school."

The Deputy Minister said in the era of "positive change chapter two", government was trying to get the economy to be more stable and to reflect on individual pockets and that, "this cannot be achieved without the hard working of Ghanaians."

"We must therefore put all hands on deck to work assiduously and make the positive change a reality." He advised the churches, especially those in his constituency to co-exist peacefully and togetherness.

Oto Obuor Nana Gyan Kwasi II, Aburihene, who chaired the function called on church leaders in the country to use part of their earnings for development projects like schools, clinics and roads to alleviate the plight of the people in the rural areas. He also advised chiefs to support the churches in that direction.