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General News Wed, 10 Jan 2001

Rally behind new govt – Andoh

By Golda Armah

The Metropolitan Catholic Archbishop of Accra, Right Reverend Dominic Kojo Andoh, has called on Ghanaians to rally behind the new government to ensure the realisation of the promises made during the election campaign.

He said the challenges facing the country are such that if people do not change their attitudes towards work and become more patriotic, the promises made by President Kufuor cannot materialise.

Archbishop Andoh said these after he had officially closed the door to the celebration of the end of the Jubilee Year.

The Jubilee Year, which is described as a year of restoration, restitution and goodwill among men, is a universal celebration of the Catholic Church. It started on December 21 last year and ended on Saturday, January 6.

Archbishop Andoh said the time has come for Ghanaians to eschew negative attitudes such as backbiting, lackadaisical attitudes and rededicate themselves to particularly revamping the country’s economy and educational system.

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He said Ghana has come a long way from unconstitutional governments to legitimate governance and it is necessary for all to help nurture the country’s young democracy to higher heights.

Archbishop Andoh praised former President Jerry John Rawlings for his immense contribution towards restoring democratic order in the country and urged the new government to accord him all the respect and privileges due his status.

He urged ministers of God to focus more on their social responsibility, a task which enjoins them to support the needy in society.

He called on Christians to be actively involved in nation building, adding that by virtue of their principles, they will be in a better position to be honest and dedicated when given public office.

The occasion also witnessed the ordination of Rev David Amissah Andoh as priest and Mr Raymond Osei-Tutu as deacon.

Source: Daily Graphic
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