The outgone Abrem Agona District Minister of The Church of Pentecost, Pastor George Ofori, has been enstooled as the Development Chief (Nkosohene) of Abrem Agona by Nana Tekpor V, the Chief of Abrem Agona and acting Paramount Chief of the Abrem Traditional Area in the Central Region of Ghana.
The historic event took place on Sunday, August 14, 2022, at the church auditorium of the Abrem Agona Central Assembly during a farewell service held in honour of the minister and his family.
Pastor George Ofori, who is on transfer to Madagascar as National Head, is the first minister of the Church to be enstooled as a Development Chief. His stool name is “Pastor Nana Ofori I.”
Stating the rationale behind this historic enstoolment, Nana Tekpor V said that the Abrem traditional area has witnessed tremendous development since the minister’s arrival.
According to him, Pastor Ofori was very instrumental in the Church’s construction of an ultra-modern Police Station for the people of Abrem and its environs.
“The Abrem Police Station is one of a kind and has been adopted by the Ghana Police Service as a model for putting up Police Stations in the country,” he said.
The Abrem Agona Chief further noted that Pastor Ofori also led the Abrem Agona people to mobilise resources to commence a six-apartment quarters for the police personnel – a project that is currently at the window level.
Among other extraordinary feats, Pastor George Ofori led the elders and the people of Abrem Agona to review their “Aye” festival to make it more development-focused.
“The ‘Aye’ festival, which hitherto promoted idolatry, has been transformed and renamed ‘Love Festival,” he said.
Taking its biblical basis from John 3:16, the Love Festival now focuses on uniting the Abrem Agona people towards development and demonstrating the love of Jesus Christ towards each other. The festival is also climaxed with an interdenominational Church service involving the entire community folk.
“God has indeed used Pastor George Ofori and the Local Council of Churches in Abrem Agona to strengthen the relationship between the community and the Church. So, I can boldly say that God, through The Church of Pentecost has possessed the entire community,” he said.
Ending his message, Nana Tekpor V expressed missed feelings about the departure of “Pastor Nana Ofori I”, whom he referred to as his trusted advisor, but was confident that the Lord was going to use him to do exploits in Madagascar.
Pastor Nana Ofori I, now a member of the royal family of Abrem Agona, was presented a portion of land (100x100ft) by the Traditional Council to affirm his royal status.
The Cape Coast Area Head and Executive Council Member of the Church, Apostle Samuel Yaw Antwi, who officiated the service, led the chiefs and the congregation to thank God for the great things He has done through the minister.
He also led them to pray for divine protection for the Abrem people and the development of the traditional area.
In attendance at the ceremony were Mrs. Margaret Serwaa Antwi (Wife of the Area Head), clergymen, the queen mother of Abrem Agona, chiefs and family heads in Abrem Traditional Area, assembly members and education officers from KEEA, among others.
Report by Ebenezer Ayivi Okoampah (Cape Coast Area Media Pastor)