Church and State are one – Oko Vanderpuije
Dr Alfred Oko Vanderpuije, Accra Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE), has called on church leaders to continue to collaborate with government to ensure quality education.
He said they could do this by providing land to upgrade basic school infrastructure.
Dr Vanderpuije said this when he broke the grounds for the commencement of a GH₵2.7 million Millennium City School project at Kaneshie St Joseph Anglican Church premises in Accra.
He said the time has come for churches and government to work together to facilitate development.
He said the primary responsibility of ensuring quality teaching and learning is to provide better infrastructure to create a friendly environment that would encourage school children to learn hard.
The MCE said the construction of the Millennium City School was in response to the challenge thrown to the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) by the Anglican Church.
“And this is in fulfillment of President John Mahama’s commitment of ensuring quality education,” he said.
Dr Vanderpuije said that the AMA had passed the Functional Organisational Assessment Toll , initiated by the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development and had been given approval to construct 12 new Millennium city Schools from the next months with GH₵ 30 million funding for the project ready.
He expressed gratitude to the Anglican Church for showing a strong relationship with the State, adding: “Very soon a similar collaboration between the AMA and the Presbyterian and Methodist churches would be actualised.”
Reverend Father Ebenezer Laryea, Parish Priest, said it is the commitment of the Anglican Church to promote quality education hence the need to put up a request for the construction of the school to compliment government’s efforts on education.
Mrs Angela Tina Mensah, Accra Metropolitan Director of Ghana Education Service (GES) expressed gratitude to the Anglican Church for providing the land for the construction of the school, adding: “Education would move on to prove good for the citizens of the nation.”