Ghana EP Church Celebrates 175th Anniversary

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo commended the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Ghana (EPCG) for upholding the values ​​of discipline, honesty and punctuality.

He said the church has contributed immensely to the quality of education, health care and productivity over the decades.

The president said this when he honored a grand durbar to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the Peki-Blengo Church in the Volta region last Saturday.

The anniversary was themed: “A 175 Year Journey in Ministry – Accomplishments, Challenges and the Way Forward”.

President Akufo-Addo urged the church to revisit the vision and sacrifices of the Bremen missionaries and reinstill the spirit of hard work, integrity and community service in young people, saying the disappearance of these attributes in the contemporary society did not help achieve national development goals together.
“Pupils at EPCG schools stood out for their behavior,” added.

Environment

Referring to the environment, he said the clean and well-mapped houses in the EPCG communities and the church’s environmental protection programs were worth emulating.

The President further commended the church for its valiant role in preserving traditional music, which has helped promote talents and cultural values.

“Since 1847, the EPCG has brought light where there is darkness and brought hope to the hopeless,” he added.

He said the 175th anniversary of the church deserves to be celebrated on an exceptional note, considering the great achievements of the church in various fields of human development and nation building.

President Akufo-Addo reaffirmed the firm position of the government to continue working with the EPCG to improve the quality of life in all regions of the country.

He donated GHc50,000 to the church and pledged to build an astro turf in Peki as a monument in honor of the celebration.

The Deiga of Peki, Deiga Kwadzo-Dei XII, commended the government for its commitment to ensuring the completion of the only national road that crossed all of the Volta and Oti regions, “our infamous corridor road oriental”, claiming that someone had started it but it would take someone else to complete it.

Education

He referred to the policy of free high schools, saying it had enabled more rural children to continue their education.

However, Deiga Kwadzo-Dei said that with the extensive education program in Peki, only about a third of junior high school students in the Peki region have benefited from the program due to non-availability of space in the schools. two local high schools. .

“We would be grateful if you could grant us the construction of one of the TVET institutions to cater for the large population of children who drop out every year and roam our streets and provide them with employable skills,” he said. he adds.

The Moderator of the EPCG General Assembly, Rt Rev. Dr Lt Col Bliss Agbeko (Retired), has called on the government to convert the EPCG Colleges of Education into Universities of Education to promote higher standards.

He said the EPCG was always committed to promoting quality education, health services and agriculture to astonishing levels in the country.

Agriculture

Rt Rev Dr Agbeko said the EPCG places a high priority on agriculture and called on the government to support the church with tractors and other equipment to enable it to contribute immensely to the Planting for Conservation initiative. food and employment in order to produce more food for the population.

He announced plans for EP University College, Ho, to specialize as an agricultural university and said any government support to realize this dream would greatly benefit the whole country.

The moderator called for a return of the EPCG hospitals in Adidome and Worawora in the Volta and Oti regions respectively to the church, so that they can provide more specialized, quality and accessible medical services. To the population.

Among the large gathering at the durbar were chiefs from the traditional regions of Anum and Akwamu, both in the Eastern region, and a delegation from the Togo Presbyterian Church, a sister church of the EPCG.

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