Chairman of the Church of Pentecost, Apostle Eric Nyamekye
Chairman of the Church of Pentecost, Apostle Eric Nyamekye

The Chairman of the Church of Pentecost, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, has stated emphatically that churches do not necessarily bring the desired change needed by a country.

According to the respected clergyman, what actually brings change to a nation is the pursuit of righteousness by the citizens including Christians.

Apostle Nyamekye made the remarks at a Thanksgiving Service organized yesterday by newly elected executives of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) at the Church of Pentecost- Alajo Central Assembly.

The President of the GJA, Albert Dwumfour, together with his team organized the event to honour and thank the Almighty God for a successful election.

  “What we need in this country is not any more leaders; what we need in this nation is not any more church. Churches don’t change nations. The only thing that brings change to nations is righteousness,” Apostle Nyamekye admonished

He, therefore, urged Ghanaians including the new GJA executives to pursue righteousness in order to attain the needed change for the country as well as the GJA.

He further tasked Mr. Dwumfour and his team to perform their tasks as expected of them as GJA executives adding that leadership comes with responsibility.

The new executives were sworn into office last Thursday after winning their respective positions in the recent GJA elections.  

 The other GJA team members are  Linda Asante-Agyei, Vice President; Edmund Kofi Yeboah, General Secretary; Organising Secretary, Dominic Hlordzi; Treasurer, Audrey Dekalu, and Public Relations Officer, Rebecca Ekpe.

Outlining policies to revamp the GJA, Mr Dwumfour in his inaugural address said, he would set up a Journalists Support Fund with the support of our development partners and that the key objective of the Fund will be to offer legal services to journalists whose rights may be violated in the line of duty.

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He also said the  Fund will also help to offer training and workshops on safety and security for GJA members in order to enhance their personal security and safety. “In due course, we shall announce details of the Journalists Support Fund and its implementation,”  he added.

Mr. Dwumfour also said he will institute a periodic Journalists Summer Camp which will be an exchange programme aimed at training journalists in modern practices and techniques, as well as promote peer learning and network-building.

“In addition to the Journalists Summer Camp, we will make a conscious effort to organise periodic training workshops for journalists, specifically practitioners in the regions, to build their capacity.” He said

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