Asabee promises religious sanity in Ghana

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Stephen Asamoah Boateng popularly known as Asabee, the minister-designate for Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, has stated that the ministry will strive to have a directory of religious organizations in the nation.

This, according to him, will guarantee the country’s religious matters are rational.

When the minister-designate came before the Parliament’s Appointments Committee to be vetted on Monday, February 20, 2023, he was answering a query about how he intended to clean up chieftaincy and religion matters in the nation.

“Unfortunately, there are religious groups that spring up and sometimes nobody knows who they are and what they do. So, there’s a need for the ministry to embark on research and also to get data collected, to make sure we have a database and ensure sanity,” he informed the panel.

While the constitution guarantees the freedom to exercise one’s religion, according to him, it is important to be aware of this clause and Article 21 to ensure the peaceful coexistence of various religious organizations.

“Don’t also forget that constitution provides for freedom of religious practice. So, while we are conscious of the provision and Article 21, we also have to sanitize it and make sure we all live in peace, with Muslims, Christians… other religious bodies, and traditional religion. Hindus are here, Rastafarians are here, so we need to harmonize that,” Asabee stated.

K.T. Hammond, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Adansi Asokwa, the Minister-designate for Trade and Industry, and Stephen Amoah (Sticka), the MP for Nhyiaeso, who would act as his assistant, were among the candidates who testified before the committee.


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