Kumasi, March 26, GNA – Mr Samuel Sarpong, Kumasi Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE), has appealed to the Church to play lead role in efforts at ensuring the success of the on-going Biometric Voter Registration.

 

It should use its influence on the people to encourage all qualified voters to get their names into the voters’ roll and discourage those ineligible from becoming part of the exercise.

 

Mr Sarpong said it should not be lost on anybody the critical importance of a credible voters’ register to the prevention of electoral fraud and cheating in the December General Poll.

 

He was speaking at an induction and thanksgiving service for the newly elected officers of the Kumasi Diocese of the Association of Methodist Men’s Fellowships.

 

The event drew the curtains down on the 27th General Meeting of the Association at the Amakom Calvary Methodist Church in Kumasi, on Sunday.

 

Mr Sarpong said the theme of the conference: “If Men Unite and Change Perfectly in Mind and in Deeds, Nations Change” covered stewardship not only for church leaders and ministers but for all who considered themselves as God’s children.

 

He said to be called by God into the ministry was, indeed, a great privilege to serve as well as to lead the flock of God, adding, “leadership is often easy during the good times but during the hard times, leaders face crucial moments when they must choose between gearing up and giving up.”

 

He urged members of the fellowship to resolve to be agents of positive change in society, particularly, in the area of discipline.

 

Mr Sarpong called for cooperation between the leadership and members and paid tribute to the founding fathers for their foresight and perseverance in the face of the teething problems.

 

Mr George Omane, National Chairman of the Fellowship, commended the Kumasi Diocesan Fellowship for its achievements and the tremendous support to the Methodist Church.

 

Nana Wiafe Akenten, Omanhene of Offinso Traditional Area, who was the Special Guest, urged the members to stand by its noble ideas and become role models, to draw others into their fold.

 

He asked them to uphold the truth and avoid tendencies that could lead them astray.

 

The Very Reverend Dr Paul Kwabena Boafo, Chaplain of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, (KNUST) reminded the leadership to put in place programmes that would promote the development and welfare of members.

 

He added his voice to calls for an end to the Politics of Insults and Vilification.

 

He urged politicians to put the general good of society ahead of individual comfort and convenience.

 

The Very Rev Dr Boafo said all should also accept to make the necessary sacrifices, if the nation was to make strides in its socio-economic development.

GNA

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