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20.10.2004 General News

Gov't will not subvert the work of the NRC - JAK

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Accra, Oct. 20, GNA - President John Agyekum Kufuor on Wednesday said the Government would not subvert the National Reconciliation Commission (NRC) since it saw its work as very important towards achieving real reconciliation for the nation to move ahead.

President Kufuor was responding to concerns expressed by a delegation of the Executive Committee of the Christian Council of Ghana (CCG) on the publication of the NRC Report at a meeting it held with him at the Castle, Osu.

He said: "It is not the Government's wish and it will not subvert such an exercise. It will work towards achieving real reconciliation for the nation to move ahead."

President Kufuor said the Report had been given to the Attorney - General's Department to study and the Government would endeavour to publish the Report soon.

He briefed the delegation on achievements made by the Government since 2001, especially on the five priority areas it set for itself that included provision of infrastructure, modernized agriculture, provision of social services such as education and health, good governance and private sector development.

President Kufuor called on religious bodies to support the new Government policy on education to be introduced from the next academic year to succeed.

He said with the achievements made in the socio-economic development so far Ghana was poised to accelerate growth with the private sector in the forefront as the engine of growth. President Kufuor commended the religious bodies and Ghanaians for their incessant prayers for peace and stability that had insulated the country from the conflicts and human suffering in neighbouring countries within the West African Sub-Region.

He appealed to Ghanaians to continue to be patient, tolerant and accommodate each other for God had listened to their prayers, adding: "We need more prayers as the nation enters the period for the electioneering campaign."

The Right Reverend Dr Paul Kofi Fynn, President of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ghana and Chairman of the Council, said the Christian Community had continued to pray for the country to live in peace and tranquillity.

He appealed to politicians during the campaign to talk about policies, issues and not personalities. "We love this country, Ghana belongs to all of us and we will continue to pray for our leaders to achieve success", he said.

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