Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has praised the Methodist Church for its great contributions to Ghana’s socioeconomic growth.
On Saturday, April 1, Dr. Bawumia spoke to members of the Obuasi Diocese of the Church during the celebration of the Diocese’s 25th anniversary in Obuasi. He noted that the Methodist Church has made significant contributions over the years to both national development and the upbringing of morally upright individuals who have made significant contributions to society.
“I must acknowledge that the Methodist Church of Ghana’s contributions to national and socio economic development has been enormous,” Dr. Bawumia said.
“By national development, I am not only referring to the physical infrastructural contributions in areas such as education, health, agriculture, etc., I am also referring to the spiritual and religious development of the country’s most precious asset; the human being.”
‘The education and skill development of the people is the most potent agent of national development that imparts the output of students, scholars and professionals who perform precious roles in the various sectors of the national economy for development.”
“It is important to note that the Methodist Church as one of the biggest churches in Ghana, has nurtured and transformed many distinguished personalities. Almost every aspect of our national life has been touched or influenced by the Methodist.”
The Vice President remembers warmly the Methodist Boys Brigade, which he described as “one of the most disciplined associations for boys in the country,” where he joined his companions during his formative years in primary school in Tamale as a young Muslim.
Dr. Bawumia urged the Methodist Church to keep working harder for the people and the country while also urging more compassion and selflessness.
“The Good Book urges us to be our brother’s keeper. I would therefore, like to use this special opportunity to preach tolerance since it is the bedrock of our democracy.”
“As we discuss issues about peace and religious advancement of our people, we also have to pray for the country to move from Grace to Grace,” noted Dr. Bawumia.
The Vice President commended the Obuasi Diocese on reaching a significant milestone and urged them to keep upholding Christian principles.
In 1998, the Methodist Church of Ghana separated the Kumasi District from the Obuasi Diocese.