National policy on religion to regulate churches – Religious Affairs Ministry

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The Deputy Minister for Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, Paul Essien, says a national policy on religion  is in the offing to regulate deeds of churches in the country.

Paul Essien mentioned that it is the first time a Ministry has drafted a national policy on religion which will be presented to the government very soon for the necessary actions to be taken.

He noted that with the presentation of national policy on religion, every church must comply and ensure that they live up to expectation.

The Deputy Minister for Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, Paul Essien, who made this statement on Atinka AM Drive Thursday, stated that the ministry sought the views of  various councils, institutions and stakeholders in the religious sector and that the policy when implemented will help regulate the activities of the various churches.

According to him, the policy will ensure that the activities of these churches will go a long way to benefit members of these churches.

“Under the policy all churches will be compelled to register under the existing religious bodies such as the Catholic Secretariat, the Christian Council of Ghana, the Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC), and the Independent Council of Churches,” he said.

Outlining  contents of the policy, Deputy Minister for Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, Paul Essien stated that the policy will address all religious related issues including ownership of churches, abuse in churches and the like.

“The draft policy is a policy  which is going to guide all of us as a nation and ensure that there is sanity in our religious sects”, he concluded.

Ghana | | Vivian Adu Boatemaa