Francis Npong, Tamale
The chairman of the Pentecostal Church of Ghana Dr. Opoku Onyinah has challenged the leadership of this nation to desist from sourcing foreign support or aid for development purposes.
According to him, poverty was still at the high side because the leadership of the nation still relies heavily on foreign aid.
He said that the conditionality attached to such aids were abnormal to accept it but the leaders are compiled to accept such aids because of their failure to build reliable financial pools where they could draw fund to undertake national development.
“Time has come for our leaders to consider building financial pools rather than begging for foreign support to finance development projects”, he said.
Dr. Onyinah who said this was delivering a lecture in Tamale as part of the centenary celebration in honour of William Ofori Atta.
The lecture which constituted the ninth in the series was under the topic “Embedding National Missionary initiative” and organized in collaboration with Ghana Institute of Literacy and Bible Translation (GILBT) drew participants from across the northern region.
According to the chairman, the over reliance on foreign support by leaders of this nation makes nonsense of the independence gained 54 years ago.
He however challenged the leadership to develop and encourage local initiatives black freedom.
“William Ofori ideology of self self-propagating, and self-governing led to the independence of this nation and should be emulated”, he said.
Citing William Ofori Atta selfless dedication to the nation and gospel activities, he urged Ghanaians to desist from blame game that was currently going on the country saying time has come for church leaders, politicians, civil servants, business men and women to take the responsibilities of the current challenges and work together towards the betterment of the nation.
The chairman of the planning committee of the Centenary Celebration of William Ofori Atta Prof. Stephen Adei described William Ofori Atta as the man of selfless dedication to national service.
He said that Paa Willis also transformed education and helped the fight against colonialism and was committed to the welfare of fellow black man.