First Published on 6th January 2009
Apostle Dr. Kwadwo Safo, Founder and Leader of the Kristo Asafo, Christ Reformed Church, on Sunday called on Ghanaians to eschew envy and rather come together to develop the country.
He said Ghanaians should be self-reliant and change their old idea of relying on donors for every little thing they need.
Apostle Safo gave the advice at the 28th annual technology exhibition of the Church in Accra.
The Founder said the nation with its scarce resources could not afford to be importing equipment that he and other talented and skilful individuals could manufacture at a lower cost than those imported from outside the country.
He therefore called on people with technological know-how to join him to assist the nation technologically.
Apostle Safo has manufactured two tractors for mowing grasses and a sweeper.
He said the idea of manufacturing the equipment was that his heart was touched anytime he came across the Zoomlion people sweeping with brooms along the streets and picking rubbish with their hands.
He said that the equipment would make sweeping and weeding easier.
Apostle Safo said Ghanaians should cherish made-in-Ghana goods and avoid the notion that anything made abroad was the best, which was retarding the country in its development.
Mr William Ampem-Darko, Director General of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation, guest speaker said the country has many people who could assist the government to save scarce resources going outside the country but they lacked the “can do it spirit”.
He said it was about time people with technological skills are given some financial push to develop the nation economically and technically so that simple equipment are manufactured in the country for Ghanaians to be able to afford at a low cost.
Mr. Ampem-Darko said Ghanaians should stop reading politics into any initiative made by individuals but rather such people should be encouraged and assisted for the betterment of all.
He commended Apostle Safo for his boldness and foresight in always thinking of what would be good for the citizenry.
Mr Ampem-Darko cut the tape to open the exhibition.
Professor Naana Opoku-Agyeman, Vice Chancellor University of Cape Coast, Chairperson of the occasion during her closing remarks said Ghanaians should cultivate the attitude to develop the country by themselves.
She said; “no one will come from outside the country to develop it for us. We have to think of what we can do to move the country forward in development and peace.”
Prof Opoku-Agyeman appealed to men to support their wives in giving their children sound moral training for them to become useful citizens.