The Church of Pentecost was today presented a national award by the President of the Republic of Ghana, H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, for the instrumental role played by the Church in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
The award was received on behalf of the Church by the General Secretary, Apostle Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi-Larbi, at a ceremony held at the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC). Apostle Kumi-Larbi was accompanied to the event by Apostle Samuel O. Asante (Kaneshie Area Head and Executive Council Member) and Apostle Lawrence Otu-Nyarko (Finance and Administration Director).
The National Honours and Awards 2023 was organised by the State to honour distinguished individuals and deserving institutions for their roles in the fight against the dreadful COVID-19 pandemic.
It will be recalled that The Church of Pentecost, at the height of the pandemic, donated vans to the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) to help educate the citizenry on the COVID-19 virus as part of efforts to contain its spread.
The Church also donated numerous medical supplies, logistics and other personal protective equipment (PPEs) to the Ministry of Health (MOH) and various health centres nationwide to augment the Government’s efforts towards ending the spread of the deadly virus.
Perhaps, the most significant contribution of the Church to the COVID-19 fight was the release of the multipurpose convention centre to the State as an isolation and treatment centre for persons infected with the virus and undergoing treatment.
These noble services of The Church of Pentecost did not go unnoticed as many Ghanaians took to their social media platforms to shower praises on the Church.
The rousing cheer that greeted the mention of The Church of Pentecost at the event, prior to the award presentation, was clearly indicative of how highly the country values and appreciates the Church’s contribution to the country, hence the national honour.
Speaking at the event, President Akufo-Addo was grateful to all who contributed to efforts in defeating COVID-19 in Ghana.
“Our relative success in winning the fight against COVID-19 is a testament to the tireless work of our researchers, scientists, advisors, public health managers, frontline healthcare workers, hospital staff, contact tracers, the security services, public and private sector agencies, faith-based organisations, and many others,” he said.
The awards ceremony also saw thousands of other Ghanaians and institutions receiving various awards, including some faith-based organisation such as the Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC), Ghana Catholic Bishops Conference (GCBC), etc.
The event also had in attendance the Vice President of Ghana, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, Chief Justice Kwesi Anin Yeboah, Inspector General of Police George Akufo Dampare and a host of other government officials and state functionaries.
It is also worthy of note that a significant number of distinguished individuals honoured at the event were members of The Church of Pentecost. We wish to congratulate them for the commendable feat and to encourage them to keep up the good work as agents of transformation and as good “brand ambassadors” of The Church of Pentecost.