The national executives of the opposition National Democratic Congress [NDC] met with the newly appointed moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Rev. Prof. Joseph Obiri Yeboah Mantey at his office in Accra on Wednesday.
According to the NDC national chairman, Mr. Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, the meeting was to purposely congratulate the moderator on his assumption of duty to the high office of the Presbyterian family in Ghana and to also introduce the new leadership of the party to him.
The close-door meeting which anchored on contemporary challenges facing Ghana’s democracy also touched on issues of security and for that matter the upsurge in political vigilantism in the country and its threat to nation building.
The NDC Chairman described the meeting as successful and pointed out that the NDC as a party is ready to contribute its quota in the fight against political vigilantism in Ghana. To that end, he announced that the ruling New Patriotic Party has written to them and accepted the proposal to dialogue with the NDC to help find a lasting solution to the vigilante canker that has bedeviled Ghana off late.
Mr. Ofosu Ampofo also disclosed that they also discussed among other things social issues and education and he expressed the NDC’s readiness and commitment to provide better and quality education for the people should they be voted for in the 2020 general elections.
He thanked the moderator for opening his doors to them and promised to continue engaging with other bodies such as Civil Society Organizations, Muslim Groups among others in their quest to identify with NDC’s social partners in development.
In his response, Rev. Prof. J.O.Y Mantey thanked the NDC delegation for the meeting and also applauded efforts been put in place by both the NDC and NPP to fight political vigilantism in Ghana. He said that as a church, they are non-partisan and that their doors are always open for any political party for fruitful deliberations on how to move Ghana forward.
He prayed that the discussion should not be just political talk but put to action by the politicians to ensure a lasting peace in Ghana now and beyond. ” We want to talk peace, make peace and feel peace every-time in our country”, the Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana added.
The NDC delegation also included Mr. Johnson Asiedu Nketia, the General Secretary, Dr. Hanna Louisa Bissiw, the National Women Organizer, Madam Sherry Ayittey , an executive member, Mr. Seth Terkper, a former Finance Minister in the Mahama led- NDC administration.
By – Mohamme Saani Ibrahim