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B/A Minister rallies support for ‘Planting for food and jobs’ campaign

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The Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh, has called on the clergy, traditional authorities and all well-meaning Ghanaians to fully embrace the government’s ‘Planting for food and jobs’ campaign, which will officially be outdoored by the President at Goaso on Wednesday April 19, 2017.

The Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh, has called on the clergy, traditional authorities and all well-meaning Ghanaians to fully embrace the government’s ‘Planting for food and jobs’ campaign, which will officially be outdoored by the President at Goaso on Wednesday April 19, 2017.

 

He called on the chiefs to make enough lands available for the smooth implementation of the campaign, which will initially begin with about 200,000 farmers across all the 216 districts in the country.

Mr Asomah-Cheremeh was not happy that the practice where a piece of land is sometimes sold to more than one person, thereby leading to litigations, was fast creeping into the Brong Ahafo region.

The Minister was speaking at the Emmanuel Methodist Society at Nkwabeng, a suburb of Sunyani, during the official opening of the 38th Annual Synod of the Sunyani Diocese of the Methodist Church Ghana.

Each of the dioceses of the Methodist Church Ghana holds a synod each year to take stock of the activities of the church in the past year, devise effective means of overcoming the challenges encountered and plan for the future.

 This year’s synod was under the theme “Go and make disciples of all nations; Consolidating the Gains in Evangelism – Church Growth and Infrastructural Development.”

The Regional Minister used the occasion to, among others, throw more light on the ‘Planting for food and jobs’ campaign which he said “will start with the cultivation of five crops namely; maize, rice, sorghum, soybeans and vegetables.”

He explained that the campaign was a major socio-economic intervention which would create thousands of jobs for the youth and also ensure food security in the country.

The Minister also paid glowing tribute to the Methodist Church Ghana for its immense contribution towards the over-all development of the country, especially in the areas of education, health and other social services.

Mr Asomah-Cheremeh said since the primary goal of the church and political leaders is to seek the welfare of people, it was incumbent on the two to collaborate further to facilitate the development of society, saying “let us all come together as one for the sake of the future and for our children.”

For his part, the Methodist Bishop of Sunyani, Kofi Asare Bediako, said the diocese had invested over One million Ghana cedis each on health and education over the last five years, especially in the provision of infrastructural facilities in the two sectors.

Touching on the galamsey menace, the Bishop described those engaged in the act as “terrorists” and called for concerted efforts at dealing with the issue.

Rt Rev Kofi Asare Bediako was full of praise to Mr Asomah-Cheremeh for honouring their invitation, saying “since I assumed office as the Bishop of the diocese, this is the first time a sitting Regional Minister has participated in our synod.”

There were fraternal messages from the Anglican Church, the Presbyterian Church of Ghana and the Church of Pentecost, among others.

 

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