The founder and leader of the Gospel Revival Church of Christ located at Kumasi Sofoline in the Ashanti Region, Bishop John Nana Kwame Boateng has strongly appealed to the chiefs, rural investors and opinion leaders in the country to as a matter of national interest, use their influence to support President Nana Akuffo Addo in his drive to develop the economy to the benefit of all Ghanaians.
Speaking an exclusive interview with Newstimesgh.com, Bishop Boateng expressed worry about the manner in which many parts of the rural areas in the country have been neglected in terms of development projects.
He said the neglected rural areas are noted for their roles that they play to sustain the economy, especially on the areas of food production among others.
According to him, private investors and chiefs are all seen in these areas doing their businesses and attract huge sums of monies but they rather fail to use part of the resources to develop such communities, especially on the issue of deplorable road networks, job creation and other projects apparently waiting for the government who cannot shoulder all the national tasks to maintain the roads.
The man of God said now that President Akuffo Addo is poised to develop every community across the country, there is the need for the rural investors, chiefs and opinion leaders to join forces and accumulate funds to support develop the rural areas to give relief to the struggling villagers in the country.
Bishop Boateng was however not happy that some companies operate in gold mining, timber processing and other lucrative businesses in the rural areas, they fail to support the people and questioned where they channel their royalties to.
Chiefs as caretakers of the rural dwellers, he asked what are their contributions to support the President to achieve his developmental agenda across the country, adding as chiefs, Bishop Boateng said they should prevail on these investors in unity to develop the rural areas.
The Bishop who is experienced, anointed and outspoken man of God having over forty two (42) years experience in the priesthood pleaded with chiefs, companies that operate in rural areas and the opinion leaders to as a matter of urgency change their mindset and consider the plight of the rural dwellers by way of developing their areas.
In Ashanti Region for instance, the Bishop mentioned some rural areas like Essase, Manso, Bontefufuo among others, all in the Amansie West Municipality of the Ashanti Region where they are facing unprecedented road challenges, even though lot of gold mining and timber activities are going on at the area, yet nobody cares to relief the residents. Bishop Boateng concluding his statement, pleaded humbly in the name of God with the chiefs and rural investors as well as the opinion leaders to think about the people they live with and support them as their contributions to push Nana Addo’s administration to achieve positive results for the nation.