- FAAPA ENG - http://www.faapa.info/en -

Development comes with leaders of integrity—Prof. Martey

By Alexander Nyarko Yeboah, GNA

Accra, Nov 3, GNA—The Former Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Reverend Professor Emmanuel Martey says a nation will only prosper  when good leaders manage her with integrity.

Reverend Martey says, « Good leadership was important, God-fearing leader; a leader of integrity, that’s what we need in Ghana to turn our deserts into fruitfulness. »

He said this on Sunday during the home-coming service organized by the First Baptist Church, Tema Community Five, to welcome home and fellowship with the daughter churches that were founded by the First Baptist Church.

He observed that God’s goodness was able to bring bountiful harvest to Ghana and help us to turn the nation into a prosperous and developed country but for bad leadership that could bring the nation to its knees.

He bemoaned how corruption had gained root in Ghanaian politics saying, « People go into politics for money. You see a fresh school leaver go into politics and when  unfortunately he’s giving a position, and the first thing he does is to amass wealth. »

He mourned how, unlike other countries who punished their leaders for corruption, Ghana celebrated leaders who had caused the nation lots of monetary losses.

He admonished the church members to study the developmental process the First Baptist Church had gone through for nspiration for their lives, adding that, « We don’t study our own situation that was why foreigners come and study our situation and know our strengths and weaknesses and capitalize on that to exploit us. »

He advised the church members and Ghanaians not to only look for what the church and the nation could do for them but also what they could do for their church and nation, observing that that was how God’s blessings came unto his people.

The Senior Pastor of the First Baptist Church, Reverend David Kwame, said the essence of the homecoming was to have fellowship with the daughter churches and renew their commitment to ensuring that those churches prospered as was expected.

He observed that leadership of a nation played a key role in her development and that the church should be able to speak to call the attention of leaders to their wrong doing as a means of protecting the nation from the excesses of leadership.

The year-long anniversary of the church, which is on the theme: »Celebrating 50 years of God’s goodness and still counting » has seen activities inxluding the donation of some items to the Tema Polyclinic, a float through some streets of Tema, fellowshipping with the daughter churches of the First Baptist Church.

The homecoming service saw representatives of the 31 daughter churches attending, which included, Peace Baptist Church, Dawhenya, Ashiaman 1st Baptist Church, Evangelical Baptist Church, Prampram, Gateway Baptist Church, Community 11 and Emmanuel Baptist Church, Kpone.