Former Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church of Ghana, Most Rev. Titus Kofi Awotwi Pratt, says deep-seated selfishness and greed among Ghanaians is hindering and curtailing the developmental efforts of the country.
Exhorting attendees of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, the Most Rev. Titus Kofi Awotwi Pratt, said the entire country needs to turn to Christ and ask of His mercies to renew our minds in order to put “love for the country” first in all we do.
“Our society is washed with selfishness and greed, a quagmire of hopelessness for our nation. Our advent should prepare us as we enter Christmas to allow Christ to lead us, to rule us, that our greed and avarice will take the back seat and our” love for nation” will take the front seat. True patriotism is when we love our nation” Most Rev Awotwi Pratt said.
“God will raise men and women who will put together all the pieces and the dust and raise Ghana Beyond our weaknesses and make Ghana the nation we ought to become and I believe if we celebrate the advent and Christmas the same way, we will see God’s mighty hand working in our sons and daughters, loving God, loving Ghana and loving all and sundry despite our political divides” the former Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church of Ghana added.
At the end of his exhortation, Most Rev Awotwi Pratt prayed to God beseeching Him to forgive the nation its sins, change our attitude, reform and renews us to understand why He placed us in this country in order to be able to love Ghana and build a stronger nation for ourselves.
“Forgive us our errors, mistakes and shortcomings. Create in us a new heart, in us a new mind, for us, a better personality to do that which is expected of as nationals to lift our image from the dust beyond and above our limitations” Most Rev. Awotwi Pratt prayed.
Foreign Affairs Minister
In her welcome address before the nine lessons begun, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey noted that the Ministry under the executive charge of President Akufo-Addo has committed itself to actively support the agenda of maintaining a stable, united and safe country and building a prosperous nation.
“We will, therefore, continue to work to provide an effective external inter-face towards the achievement of the agenda of a Ghana Beyond Aid through Ghana’s diplomatic representation abroad, which comprises 53 diplomatic missions, 2 permanent missions to the United Nations and 11 consular posts” the Foreign Minister noted.
“Your support for the work of the Ministry and Ghana’s diplomacy is unalloyed, and we welcome the strong engagement you avail us for the implementation of Ghana’s foreign policy goals, including the execution of the country’s foreign economic objectives in support of national development. We commend your support for the proposals of the Ministry in areas such as the extension of Ghana’s diplomatic reach abroad through the opening of new missions and consular posts, improvements in some of the conditions of service of officers abroad, and the modernisation drive of the Ministry to become a globally competitive Foreign Service” Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey added