THE General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, has commended the Catholic Church for its pivotal role of providing humanitarian services to supplement government’s efforts.
He said the church’s distinctive contribution to areas such as hospitals, schools, water and sanitation as well as other benevolent services could not be overemphasised.
He attributed his success as a career politician to the virtues acquired in his days as a teacher trainee at St Joseph Teacher Training College at Bechem where he schooled before entering the University of Ghana.
Mr Asiedu Nketiah gave the commendation at the inauguration of St Peter’s Catholic Teachers’ Association at Seikwa in the Tain District in the Brong Ahafo Region.
He noted that while the church was making such remarkable strides, teachers and other professionals should also endeavour to complement the effort of the church and government.
The general secretary who has also served a three-term tenure as the Member of Parliament for Wenchi West Constituency which is now known as the Tain Constituency, further urged the church to continue its invaluable delivery of social services for the benefit of all.
As a native of Seikwa in the Tain District, Mr Asiedu Nketiah has promised to accommodate teacher trainees who are posted to the area for their teaching practice.
He therefore urged the community to encourage teachers posted to the area in order to enhance educational standards in the Seikwa traditional area.
He encouraged students there to also take their studies seriously in order to attain higher heights in the future. “I believe with perseverance Seikwa will not only boast a general secretary, but even a President in the near future.
He called on parents to help their children to realise their dreams.
Mr Nketiah was accompanied by the NDC Member of Parliament of the area, Mr Ahmed Ibrahim as well as other constituency executive of the party. He and his entourage donated GH¢50.00 towards the inaugural ceremony.
The Bishop of the Catholic Dioceses of Sunyani, Most Rev. Mathew Kwasi Gyamfi, in his sermon also urged the teachers to emulate the footprints of Jesus Christ. He said Jesus as the greatest teacher exhibited love, care and support for his disciples.
Most Rev. Gyamfi stressed that it was the duty of teachers to take good care of the young ones entrusted to them.
The Bishop also called on students to refrain from habits such as alcoholism, smoking and other anti-social acts that could destroy their future.
Most Rev. Gyamfi expressed optimism that the 52 teachers who formed the association would transform the face of education in the area in the near future and appealed to them not to allow the challenges of the profession to obstruct their call as shepherds.