A minister of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, at Ascension Congregation, Koforidua, Rev Dr Kofi Amfo-Akonnor, has urged his congregants, especially the youth, not to join the chorus in the call for foreign loans to develop the country.
Rev Amfo-Akonnor made the call on Sunday during church service to mark Ghana’s sixty fifth independence anniversary.
He urged all Ghanaians, especially the youth, to get involved in national building, saying “it would not be in the interest of the youth if they remained unbothered, leaving the affairs of the nation in the hands of the old people and politicians.
“Everyone should rise up and bring out their views, with constructive ideas, to build a good nation for the benefit of all,” he said.
The Reverend Minister, however, stated that Ghana, presently at sixty-five years, should have been able to stand on her feet financially and all other aspects.
According to him, it is for this reason that the youth should bear in mind that all cost of loans the elderly and politicians would contract will be paid by them in the not-so-distant future.
“They would bear the cost of all loans the elderly and politicians of today would contract in the next twenty, twenty-five, thirty and even forty years to come. By the date of payment of the loans, the elderly and the politicians of today, who are urging for the loans to be piled up on the nation, will be dead and gone, and the burden would be on the youth,” he said.
To this end, he noted, it would be wiser for Ghanaians to stand up on their feet as people of an independent nation and tackle their economic problems by accepting to pay levies that will take care of the country’s financial constraints.
Rev Amfo-Akonnor further advised the youth to get involved in all aspects of governance, be it from district council elections and other political elections, in order to contribute their quota in building and moving the country forward.