The General Secretary of the Ghana Pentecostal Charismatic Council (GPCC), Rev. Emmanuel T. Barrigah has reiterated the Council’s support for government’s quest to end illegal mining popularly known as Galamsey to protect the natural resources in the country.
He stressed that, the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo should not yield to pressure from any quarters to lift the ban on illegal mining in the country, until the issue has been addressed accordingly.
Rev. Barrigah said this at the 56th Annual General Conference organised by The Lord’s Pentecostal Church International (TLPCI) in Accra.
The Conference under the theme: “Come Holy Spirit Help us serve God’s Purpose” brought together religious leaders and head pastors of some branches of TLPCI across the country and internationally to discuss the way forward for the church.
Commenting on government’s effort to end illegal mining in the country, Rev. Barrigah noted that, “we acknowledge that some Ghanaians engage in legal mining, therefore the laws governing them must work, but for those who engage in illegal mining; the government must clamp down on them to ensure they do not destroy our water bodies and agricultural lands.”
With reference to a research he has made, Rev. Barrigah pointed out that, if the illegal mining continue in the country, Ghanaians would not get clean water to drink in the next 15 years.
He urged the public to be law abiding and support government’s efforts to make life comfortable for all Ghanaians by living a responsible life.
Laws Must Work
Touching on the illegal mining menace in the country, the General Overseer of TLPCI, Apostle Dr. Richard Buafor stated that, the illegal miners attend various churches in the country, hence religious leaders should use their platforms to educate their church members on the negative effects of illegal mining.
He mentioned that, “we cannot call ourselves Christians and involve ourselves in such acts, even though, there are not enough jobs for them but illegal mining is not the best option to take in order to survive.”
For Ghanaians to continue to enjoy peace in the country, Apostle Buafor noted that, there was a need for the laws in the country to work.
“Ghana is a land of laws but the laws are not working which is our major problem, therefore I am appealing to the authorities to let the laws work so that we can have a peaceful society,” he appealed.
Apostle Buafor noted that, when someone is caught up by the law, authorities should allow the law to work and deal with the person accordingly.
He advised that, religious leaders should support government effort with prayers so that its promises could be fulfilled to make the country a better place to live.
The Lord’s Pentecostal Church International (TLPCI), founded in 1961isa member of GPCC with 128 branches worldwide including Ghana, Gambia, Nigeria, Liberia, New York and United Kingdom. The aim of TLPCI is to bring people to know Jesus Christ and equip them through the Holy Spirit to be Christ-like.