Methodist church roles out an action plan to address youth unemployment

The Methodist Church Ghana has started the implementation of a seven-year Strategic Plan, dubbed, “Agenda for Revival and Growth.”

Bishop of the Sunyani Diocese, Right Reverend Daniel Kwasi Tannor explained that, based on the connextional strategic plan, dioceses, circuits and societies are to draw annual action plans.

“Youth unemployment is one of the key challenges facing the nation and the Methodist Church Ghana in particular. The Diocese will sponsor twenty-five (25) young people selected from the various circuits to undertake skill training to enable them to engage in gainful employment”, the Bishop pointed out.

This was disclosed at the opening of the 43rd Annual Sunyani Diocesan Synod of the Methodist church Ghana held at the Wesley Chapel at Wamfie on Friday May 6, 2022.

“The vocation areas for the training include soap making, bakery, mushroom cultivation and beekeeping”, he revealed.

The training, the Bishop noted, would be done by the National Board for Small Scale Businesses (NBSSB). After the training, the Diocese will donate start-up kits and seed capital to trainees to start their enterprises.

As part of efforts to end the rampant drifting of the youth to other churches, the strategic plan would also include the opportunity for the youth to interact with the Bishop and Lay Chairman to share their challenges and make suggestions to the church. This way, they (youth) will not only have a sense of belonging but they will also have some of their concerns addressed.

“Conference has resolved that at least 30 per cent of the church leadership must be given to the youth. I entreat all the societies to implement this policy to ensure the active participation of the youth in church affairs as well as having their concerns addressed.”

“The carnage on our roads continues to be a heart-rendering nightmare. The question has always been who will the next victim be?”, Bishop Tannor quizzed when touching on national issues.

The Bishop suggested among others the re-introduction of an elaborate and effective towing system on our roads.

“The government must not relent in its efforts to implement this laudable policy which was shelved under the carpet sometime ago.
Besides, there should be a reawakening of drivers consciousness.”

 

By Nyarko Abronoma

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