The Christian Council of Ghana has made a passionate appeal to government and other stakeholders to address the emerging culture of strikes and demonstrations in the country.
According to the Council, the emerging culture of strikes and demonstrations is weakening laid down structures for negotiation, and displaces the relevance of dialogue.
The General Secretary of the Christian Council of Ghana, Rev. Dr. Kwabena Opuni-Frimpong made the appeal on-behalf of the Council in a fraternal message at the 2015 Synod of the Global Evangelical Church in Accra.
“It has now become a phenomenon for citizens of various spheres of life to demonstrate or undertake a strike action to get the attention of those in authority for their grievances to be addressed. The assumption is that, one’s grievances can only be adequately addressed if one undertakes a demonstration or a strike action,” he stated.
Rev. Opuni-Frimpong said the “Council urges labour unions, employers and government to sustain good faith in negotiation, ensure mutual respect and be directed by our common good as they dialogue for solution to address the emerging culture of strikes and demonstrations”.
“We invite church leaders to position themselves to mediate such challenges our nation is going through. And we invite the Global Evangelical Church to be part of it,” he requested.
He commended the church for supporting national efforts at addressing the current socio-economic challenges confronting Ghana.
The Moderator of the church, Rt. Rev. Dr. Edem K. Tettey in his address to the Synod appealed to the government to be bold and decisive in leading the nation to declare her stance on the issue of gay marriages and homosexuality.
According to him, Ghana cannot remain silent on the issue because of fear, adding that, “it is not part of our culture to endorse homosexual practices and that it is against our religious beliefs”.
“As a church, we will continue to teach and inculcate in our members sound moral values and principles to ensure that our society is not led astray,” he indicated.