The Chairman of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, today, received a delegation from the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) at the Church’s General Headquarters in Accra today.
The delegation, comprising Commission members and directors of the NCCE, was led by the Chairperson, Mrs. Kathleen Addy.
According to the NCCE Boss, the visit forms part of a series of engagements with some key stakeholders and partners of the NCCE to explore more areas of collaboration and to formally introduce herself to the leadership of The Church of Pentecost as the new head of the Commission.
She thanked the leadership of the Church for the continued support to the NCCE over the years, saying: “The Church of Pentecost is an exemplary partner of the NCCE. You have demonstrated that you live the Gospel through your support to the NCCE and the numerous outreach programmes; this is very admirable.”
Mrs. Addy also shared with the Chairman some key projects undertaken by her outfit since assuming office last year, as well as plans to observe the 30th anniversary of the Commission this year.
Apostle Nyamekye, in response, thanked Mrs. Addy and her team for the visit and congratulated her on her appointment.
“I can see you are cut for the job. The nation is blessed to have someone like you to lead the NCCE in a time like this,” he said.
The Chairman stated that The Church of Pentecost is much interested in the work of NCCE as, among other objectives, it seeks to provide effective civic education for the Ghanaian citizenry, 10 % of whom are church members.
He further noted that faith-based institutions remain key partners to the NCCEs efforts at influencing the citizenry towards civic consciousness because of the massive numbers they boast in the country and, therefore, assured her of the Church’s unreserved support anytime the NCCE called on them.
Apostle Nyamekye also took the opportunity to raise some issues of national concern and urged the NCCE to pursue the agenda of patriotism in a bid to promote nation-building and national cohesion.
He observed with regret how partisan politics has gradually eroded the sense of patriotism and nationalism of the citizenry and called on the NCCE to intensify its efforts at remedying the situation.
“Until we bring back patriotism, we will not succeed as a country because we are too divided. There is no need for a constitution if we, the citizens, are not patriotic. So, pursue the agenda of patriotism,” he said.
The Chairman was also delighted to hear that the Commission would be marking its 30th anniversary this year and assured the NCCE Chairperson of the Church’s support in making the celebration a success.
Mrs. Addy expressed gratitude for the warm reception accorded her by the leadership of the Church and welcomed the Chairman’s suggestions to strengthen the work of her outfit.
She said the NCCE would continue to actively engage and empower citizens, including religious organisations like The Church of Pentecost, to promote a civic-conscious society.
Present at the meeting were Apostle Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi-Larbi (General Secretary, The Church of Pentecost), Apostle Col. Benjamin Godson Kumi-Woode (Chaplain, Ghana Armed Forces), Pastor Dr. Felix Klutse (Media Ministry Pastor, The Church of Pentecost) and Pastor Benedict Eghan (Personal Assistant to the Chairman).
The NCCE delegation was made up of Mr. Kojo Tito Voegborlo (Commission Secretary), Mrs. Joyce Eftutu (Director of Communications and Corporate Affairs), Dr. Imurana Mohammed (Director of Programmes), Mrs. Lucille Hewlett Annan (Director, Commission Secretary’s Office / RTI), Mrs. Monica Mamattah (Director of Finance), among others.