Any observant tourist to Germany this year would notice that the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation means a great deal to the country. Scores of academic conferences, public lectures, publications, and museum exhibitions are devoted to rediscovering the fascinating world and figures of the Reformation era, as well as its cultural, religious, and political legacies in Europe and beyond.
In his remarks, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Rt. Rev. Prof. Joseph Obiri Yeboah Mante, admonished students, parents and the general public at large to ensure cleaner communities.
Quoting from Deuteronomy 23:12-14, the Moderator counselled that God can only dwell among people who are clean as evident in his instructions to the Israelites and therefore it is important that we keep our home, environment and the nation clean in order to continually have the presence of God.
To students and members of the Church, he charged them to lead the way in the sanitation fight by picking up any litter they come across wherever they find themselves, sweeping their homes and surroundings more than once a day and committing themselves to the cause.
“Let’s pick them up. Let’s sweep more than once a day. We need to make up our minds and commit ourselves to it. There is too much filth and we have to clean it up. We have taken it up as a church because it is a godly thing to do”, he said.
The Coordinator for Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics at the Ghana Education Service (GES) Head Office, Albert Larwer Tetteh, in his keynote address, commended PCG for taking such a laudable task.
He said the only way to curb the sanitation challenges we face as a country is by having attitudinal changes across all levels.
He therefore called on all stakeholders, corporate organizations, religious bodies, civil societies, NGOs, individuals and the general public “to preach the Gospel of good environmental practices.”
The launch of the sanitation campaign had in attendance the Clerk of the General Assembly of the PCG, Rev Dr Samuel Ayete-Nyampong Presbytery Chairperson, Ministers of the Gospel, representatives from ministries, departments and government agencies, among other high-profile dignitaries.