- Most Reverend Emmanuel Asante has condemned the government's plan to sponsor Christian pilgrims
- In an interview, he described the government' effort as populist
- He urged President Akufo-Addo to focus on his mandate instead of sponsoring pilgrimages
Most Reverend Emmanuel Asante, the chairman of Ghana's National Peace Council, has urged President Nana Akufo-Addo to abandon plans to facilitate the pilgrimage of Christians to the Vatican and Israel.
The government's plan to facilitate the pilgrimage of 200 Christians this year has been met with criticism in some quarters.
In an an interview on Kumasi-based Abusua FM, Rev. Asante said the government had no business spending money to help Christians go on pilgrimage
He said the government should rather channel pump money into programmes that benefit Ghanaians such as solving unemployment.
The reverend said Christians who wish to embark on religious trips must finance those trips themselves.
He said the decision of the government to involve itself in the sponsorship of pilgrims was populist and urged the administration to chart a different path.
Rev. Asante urged Akufo-Addo to abandon the effort and return to his original mandate of industrialising the economy for the benefit of all Ghanaians.
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