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General News Sat, 26 Dec 1998

Ankrah commends President Rawlings

Accra, Dec. 25 The Reverend Sam Korankye Ankrah, founder and General Overseer of the International Bible Worship Centre [IBWC], has commended President Jerry John Rawlings for ensuring peace and the steady socio-economic progress of the country. Speaking to newsmen in Accra today, he noted that ''during, Rawlings' reign as head of state, we have enjoyed relative peace and in spite of all the odds, our economy is progressing steadily." Rev Ankrah said while President Rawlings is getting ready to vacate the Castle in the year 2000, Ghanaians must not forget his ''selfless and fruitful leadership'' through which ''we now have increased employment through privatisation and foreign investments and the numerous road networks among others. "It would only be fair for all political parties in the country to take advantage of this Yuletide and honestly commend the President for his good leadership over the years." Rev Ankrah asked President Rawlings not to worry about the aftermath of his term as President because, "God would surely protect and provide for you and your family for the memorial that you have made before him." He noted however that there has been an increase in corruption, poverty and crime but said that he is confident that with the foundation laid by the government, Ghana will surly come out of these vices. Rev Ankrah described the Church and state as partners in progress and said the Church must be commended for creating employment opportunities, providing charity and helping in the moral upliftment of the people. "The church is one of the greatest employers in this country," he said adding that IBWC for instance has about 100 people on its pay roll, cares for 120 old people, 250 widows and a widower and undertakes other activities as a social responsibility. He pledged his support for the government's privatisation programme and said IBWC will bring a group of Christian investors from some European countries next year into the country.

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