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21.02.2006 General News

Minority urged not to demonstrate

By GNA

Agona Nsaba, Feb 21, GNA - The Minority in Parliament have been reminded to refrain from staging demonstrations on the Representation of People's Amendment Bill (ROPAB) and to sit down to debate with the Majority to enhance peace and stability.

Rev Christopher Sasu-Bediako, Head of Ghana Mission of the New Faith Baptist Church, who said this at the inauguration of a 20,000-dollar Church building at Agona Nsaba in the Central Region, stated that it was unfortunate that the Minority Members had abandoned their constitutional obligations and took to the streets in protest against ROPAB. He stressed that the minority should go to Parliament and debate with their counterparts rather than "hopping from radio station to television stations and news papers" to talk about the bill.

Rev Sasu-Bediako said, "the government will never stay in power forever so why should they fear about the passage of the bill and threatening to cause chaos and anarchy in the country because the people of this country had voted them to Parliament".

The Head of Mission stated that, "Ghanaians voted for them to make laws and not to boycott sittings as being done to achieve the needed results".

He stressed that it would be prudent for them to return to the House and build a consensus rather than sit outside and continue to draw their salaries and allowances.

He called on Christians to pray for peace in parliament to promote development.

Rev Sasu-Bediako urged the people complement the efforts of the government in the crusade against HIV/AIDS, which was fast spreading in the country.

Mr John Kwesi Agyabeng, MP for Agona East, urged the Church to intensify its evangelism to convert more souls for the Lord. Mr Ben Mensah, Agona District Chief Executive, urged the Church to do more to assist the government in its efforts to reduce poverty, hunger and disease.

Rev Joseph Ayensu, General Secretary of the Church, enumerated various projects the Church had undertaken over the past decade.

He said the Church has provided a 17, 000-dollar potable water system for the people of Kwahu Pepease in the Eastern Region, donated a fridge to the Agona Nsaba Health Post and provided 5,000 dollars to repair damaged public stand pipes at Odoben.

Rev Ayensu said the Church provided a three-day free medical outreach at Nsaba distributed schools materials and constructed a school block for local Methodist Primary and was also entering commercial farming to increase food production.

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