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“Presbyterian Minister finds hope in the midst of economic crisis and food shortage with ‘Nkomtomire

On Sunday March 12, 2023, the New Juaben traditional council, in collaboration with the Koforidua Local Council of Churches, the Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council, as well as other churches in the area, held a thanksgiving service. During the service, the District Minister of Koforidua Ascension Congregation of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Rev. Justice Kwame Asumeng, rebuked Ghanaians for being ungrateful to God for protecting the country from the severe scourge of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Ghanaian government has blamed the struggling economic situation on COVID-19 and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and the country is currently seeking a $3 billion IMF bailout loan to revive the debt-distressed economy, unleashing hardship on Ghanaians. However, Rev. Asumeng argued that Ghana was not much affected by the COVID-19 pandemic compared to other countries and, therefore, should be grateful to God for his kindness. He recounted his personal experience in the UK, where people were queueing for basic essentials such as water.

Rev. Asumeng urged Ghanaians to be grateful for what they have, as they have not faced the same level of hardship as other countries. He encouraged people in positions of power to remember their past and serve the people well to alleviate poverty among the populace. The Omanhene of New Juaben, Daasebre Kwaku Boateng III, reiterated his call for sustained unity to create an enabling environment for development.

The Municipal Chief Executive for New Juaben, Ike Appaw Gyasi, who spoke on behalf of the Eastern Regional Minister, Seth Kwame Acheampong, urged residents to take advantage of the free senior high school policy to provide their children with quality education. He also noted that technical and vocational education has received a major boost from the government to provide skill training to the youth and curb the high rate of unemployment.

In attendance at the thanksgiving service were Muslim chiefs, divisional and sub-chiefs, pastors, bishops, Gabby Asare Okyere Darko, his wife, and members of various churches.

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