Religion of 2013-12-24

Presbyterian Church honours female role model

The Agona Swedru District under the Central Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana has honoured Ms Gladys Kwatema Yamoah, the Chief Executive Officer of Action Against Rural Poverty (AARP), a non-governmental organisation, for her contributions towards the development of the church and deprived communities.

Ms Yamoah, a Senior Akan News Presenter at Golden Star FM, an Agona Swedru-based radio station, was in 2012 adjudged the best female role model in local governance in the Central Region by the Institute of Local Government Studies (ILGS) for her efforts towards deepening local governance and support for the rural poor.

A citation in recognition of the contributions of Ms Yamoah to the activities of the Presbyterian Church and the society which was signed by Mr Sydney Biney, District Lay Representative, Mr Anthony Annorh Asantey, District Session Clerk, and Rev. Nana Osei Owusu Fosu, was presented to her during the district’s 2013 church extension programme, popularly known as ‘Asempatrew’, held at Gomoa Obuasi in the Gomoa East District.

The four-day event was on the theme: ‘The fruit of the Holy Spirit and the Believer’.

The citation read that “You have served the Presbyterian Church of Ghana in diverse ways, particularly as a social commentator working with the Golden Star FM at Agona Swedru, as well as rendering immense services to the Central Presbytery towards the running of a religious programme dubbed: “Tete Atempon’’ at the station some years ago.”

According to the church, Ms Yamoah had served as a presbyter from 1996-2004 at the Swedru Bethel Congregation and held the position of welfare chairperson of the Bethel Church in 2011 till date and secretary to the ecumenical and social relations committee of the Central Presbytery.

It indicated that: “Your dedication to duty, good sense of judgement, time-consciousness and indefatigable spirit played a great role in the successes chalked up by you to be awarded as the best female model in local governance in 2012 by ILGS”.

It continued that her award had projected her image as a role model to ladies in the Presbyterian Church and the society in general and that the leadership, as well as the congregation, had presented the citation as a symbol of appreciation for her good works and wished her God’s protection and blessings in all her endeavours.

Her NGO had help to provide boreholes for eight communities that had no potable water.