Concerning Issues Catholic Bishops in Ghana Want to Address for the Progress of the Country
“Our previous calls on this issue appear to yield no positive results. We reiterate that corruption in all facets of Ghanaian life is not only perceived but widespread. This is unacceptable and must be addressed at all times and at all levels of human activity,” they state.
GCBC members call on “all Ghanaian religious leaders, individuals, government agencies, service providers, officials and civil servants – to stand up and uphold the cause of justice, probity and accountability.”
“Ghana must lead and live the crusade against corruption. Let us avoid all attitudes, behaviors and actions that support, encourage and condone bribery and corruption,” they say, and call on “all Catholics, especially those in politics and public office to lead this crusade against corruption”.
GCBC members are also concerned about “galamsey or illegal mining activities and their devastating effects on the environment, our water bodies, forest reserves and the quality of life of our people”.
“It is common knowledge that the main financiers/linchpins of this illegal mining include chiefs, politicians, regional ministers, Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executive Officers (MMDCE), security personnel among others. This is the main reason for our failure to root out the galamsey threat and the difficulty in prosecuting those arrested for their involvement in illegal mining,” the Catholic Bishops lament.
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They urge the “relevant agencies responsible for the protection and preservation of our natural resources to ensure the continuation of the financiers of activities that lead to a major crisis facing the country, such as illegal mining (galamsey).”
“We strongly suggest that a moratorium be imposed on the granting of new concessions and the issuance of mining licenses”, recommend the members of the GCBC, and add: “In the event that measures have already been taken, we propose that the operationalization of the agreements be placed on hold until a clear path is developed to ensure modern and environmentally responsible mining.
They continue, “The government, in partnership with the private sector, should engage all stakeholders to develop and operationalize alternative sources of income for those involved in illegal mining.”
Regarding the protracted conflict in the Ghanaian district of the Upper East region in the north of the country, adjacent to the border with Burkina Faso, Catholic Church leaders say: “It seems that the conflict and the insecurity in Bawku is gradually falling off the government’s radar.”
“The city has become a pale shadow of itself because education, health and social issues are affected by the exodus of teachers, nurses and businessmen from this region”, they lament.
GCBC members say the government led by Nana Akufo-Addo “must pay attention to the plight of the town’s remaining residents by ensuring that a lasting solution is found for the conflict in the area and should act quickly to prevent Bawku and its surroundings to become a possible launching pad for terrorist groups operating in neighboring countries.
They also call on “the factions involved in the conflict to assist the peacebuilding process for the sake of the future of Bawku and peace in Ghana”.
GCBC members call on “all Ghanaians to keep hope alive”.
“We call on all to pray and continue to make the necessary sacrifices as we look forward to prompt interventions that will lift us out of the current difficulty,” they say, and add, “We can make this happen together and as a theme of the plenary suggests that through participation and fellowship we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.
They urge Ghanaians “to live worthily of the calling you have received as apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, teachers and all people of good will for the building up of the body of the Church until we reach the unity of faith and knowledge”. of the Son of God. »