Very Rev. Emmanuel Twumasi-Ankrah (2nd Right) with other ministers at the ceremony
A LECTURER at the Christian Service University College in Kumasi, Very Reverend Emmanuel Twumasi-Ankrah, has commended President Akufo-Addo for his decisive role in the management of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
The lecturer, who is also the Executive Director of the Synagogue Council of Churches and Pastors Association (SYCCPA) Inc., appreciated the ordeal the President has been going through since March, 2020 when the first infection of the disease was detected in Ghana.
Very Rev. Twumasi-Ankrah, who was speaking at the inauguration ceremony of SYCCPA at the Logos Chapel Cathedral in Kumasi recently said, “Prior to the President’s last address to the nation, there were rumours that he was going to order for the temporary closure of churches.
“We believe that, that idea was part of some of the suggestions that were on his table to be considered but due to his faith in God and also the fact that the empirical evidence before him did not implicate the church as a loosed place for the transmission of viruses, he encouraged the church to continue in her good works.”
He described the church as one of the law-abiding institutions in Ghana which perhaps informed the President not to shut it down regardless of the external pressures he had to deal with.
He said, “God did not give humans a troubled-free world,” emphasising that “complaining about problems, crying over problems, throwing up a hand in the face of a problem and running away from a problem does not reflect the image of God.”
The nation, he noted, “must move on regardless of problems and learn to overcome all that comes on her way with faith, wisdom, knowledge, discipline, integrity, we-feeling, patriotism, holiness and prayer.”
He implored Ghanaians to wear their face mask, practice personal hygiene and trust the Creator for eventual win.
On his part, Apostle Dr. Isaac Badu-Danso, a senior lecturer also at the CSUC, implored Ghanaians especially the Christian community to keep their faith alive and stay strong while carefully observing the COVID-19 safety protocols.
He urged pastors to keep all the protocols put in place by President Akufo-Addo even when it comes to lockdown, ministering at the low level, low church attendance and low finances with the advent of the coronavirus.
The lecturer, who teaches New Testament Greek, Philosophy of Religion and Christian Education at the CSUC said, “God knows how to protect the nation if the people keep all the protocols.”
FROM David Afum, Kumasi