The leadership of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) led by the Chairperson, Ms. Josephine Nkrumah, was on Tuesday, April 6, 2021, at the General Headquarters of The Church of Pentecost at La, Accra, to convey their utmost appreciation to the church for the unprecedented support they received from the church during the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus pandemic last year.
It would be recalled that The Church of Pentecost on March 24, 2020, released 12 cinema vans to the NCCE to augment the Government’s efforts towards intensifying public awareness creation when the pandemic broke out. The vehicles were fueled by the church throughout the period.
The high-profile delegation included Mr. Samuel Asare Akuamoah (Deputy Chairman, Operations), Mrs. Hajara Rufai Mohammed (Commission Member), and Mr. Kojo Tito Voegborlo (Commission Secretary).
Others were Mr. Rockson Gbande (Acting Director, Programmes), and Mrs. Joyce Benedicta Afutu (Director of Communications & Corporate Affairs), and her Deputy, Mrs. Rita Amparbin Tetteh, among others.
They were received by the Chairman of the church, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, together with the General Secretary, Apostle Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi-Larbi; the International Missions Director, Apostle Emmanuel Gyesi-Addo, and the Finance and Administration Director (FAD), Apostle Lawrence Otu Nyarko.
Interacting with the leadership of the church, Ms. Josephine Nkrumah was full of gratitude to the church for the support. “A year ago, we had unprecedented support from The Church of Pentecost. It did not come at our request but out of the church’s own benevolence. It came at the time that the Commission was in dire need of logistics and being lambasted in the media.
According to her, the vehicles enabled the NCCE to carry out intensive public education in all 16 regions to drum home the need for the citizenry to observe all the COVID-19 protocols which went a long way to stem the spread of the disease in the country.
The NCCE Chairperson further thanked the church for opening its doors to the staff of the Commission across the nation.
“That is really the true calling of the church. For The Church of Pentecost to stand out at that time to support the work of the Commission, it has proven to be a church that is compassionate to humanity and that is what Jesus Christ represents.
She also commended the church for playing a vital role in the success of the 2020 general elections through the “Agent of Peace” campaign it embarked upon.
A citation the Chairperson of the NCCE presented to the Chairman of the church in appreciation of the gesture read: “For God and country, The Church of Pentecost lived these Christian values and supported the NCCE to reach out to the many citizens who were uninformed about the realities of COVID-19.
“The church’s timely and enviable support to the NCCE propelled the Commission’s public awareness campaign on COVID-19 to sensitise the Ghanaian citizen on the pandemic.
“The NCCE appreciates this patriotic gesture by The Church of Pentecost and thanks the church for fulfilling the values that define Christianity.”
The Chairman of the church, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, on his part, commended the leadership of the Commission for appreciating the gesture by the church.
He stated that the relevance of the church is the development it brings to the nation. He indicated that the major interventions that the church is embarking on in the country as part of its vision of “Possessing the Nations” are to ensure that its members who constitute about one-tenth of the Ghanaian population become agents of transformation in Ghanaian society.
Apostle Nyamekye advised the NCCE to collaborate with churches and other corporate organisations to help them effectively carry out their mandate. He noted that The Church of Pentecost has opened its doors to establish a deeper collaboration with the Commission so that civic education can go down to the grassroots.