The Vice-President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has expressed optimism that Ghana will continue on the path of economic emancipation and accelerated development this year.
He has, therefore, stressed the need for Ghanaians to reposition their hands, minds, and hearts as the government deployed all efforts humanly possible for a happy new year.
“I am very optimistic of Ghana’s future and my prayer is that 2023 should see us continue on the path of economic emancipation and accelerated development,” Dr Bawumia assured when he joined the Chairman of the Church of Pentecost, Apostle Eric Nyamekye and the congregation of the Dr Wayat Assembly of the Church of Pentecost at Accra New Town to usher in the new year (2023).
The wife of the Vice-President Mrs Samira Bawumia, some past and present Members of Parliament (MPs), ministers of state and senior government officials also joined the Vice-President at the service.
While admitting the difficulties being experienced in the country, Vice-President Bawumia, who wore an all-white kaftan expressed confidence that the country would ride the current storm and turn things around.
“We have been working while at the same time trusting in God because you do not just trust in God and sit and fold your arms and go to sleep, you have to work, so we have been working while at the same time trusting in God for his unfailing love and thankfully we are beginning to see the power of our lord manifesting in the improvements in our economic outlook,” the Vice-President said.
Explaining the economic crisis further, he said, it had been a period characterised by economic uncertainties and challenges that had caused even stronger nations to crawl.
In times like this, he said “we deploy all efforts humanly possible to enable us to stay afloat on the surface of the challenges but those who forget God and face the battle on their own cannot succeed.”
He, therefore, called on the people to put their trust in the lord and be hopeful in such uncertainties.
Quoting from the scriptures to support his message, Vice-President Bawumia, stressed the need to leverage spiritual authority and relationship with God to bring development and happiness to societies.
He said individually and in partnership with the government, the church must be seen as an instrument not just for spiritual and moral purity but also social and economic transformation.
In that regard, Dr Bawumia indicated that, government was committed to partnering with the church and all faith-based organizations to realise those goals.
On peace and unity, he prayed that Ghana would continue to remain peaceful in spite of the differences in ethnicity and religion.
“We are different people from different ethnicities and different religions but we are all children of God. What makes us unique is our unity in diversity and we should guard it jealously.
“We may have our minor differences because of the differences in the background which are normal but in our differences, we must be indivisible,” he emphasised.