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Opening up churches a opportunity recipe for catastrophe – Prof Ampofo


The Acting Dean of International Programmes at the University of Ghana has stated opening up churches when the country’s Covid-19 scenarios are soaring is a prospective recipe for disaster.

Professor Akosua Adomako Ampofo said the President easing the ban on social gatherings to allow for church buildings and mosques to open up to congregants leaves a large amount of inquiries unanswered.

“…should a church whether massive or small dismiss the directives of the President, would there be a want for a police existence at the premises?” she quizzed on the Tremendous Morning Show, Monday.

“There would have to be regulation and people who are non-compliant will have to facial area whatsoever consequence. This means you are heading to have to send the police there. 

“The minute you bring the police alongside one another with a significant group of persons of opposing views, it’s most frequently a recipe for disaster. You can just glance at what is going on with protests in the US.”

Prof. Ampofo mentioned she just cannot see the law enforcement arresting leaders from the likes of IGCG and Action Chapel but “I can see that once again, the vulnerable, the church buildings where nobody is recognised, in which there are a ton of young people or they can not even speak English, are significantly less educated, these that it is uncomplicated to decide on on would be the locations that the law enforcement would have additional ability to do what it is that they need to do.”

President Nana Akufo-Addo in his 10th address to the nation introduced that church buildings and mosques can re-open from June 5 with 100 congregants.

They are to open for an hour per session.

But the Professor of African and Gender Experiments also elevated worries relating to how the one particular-hour church providers would be organised.

“If we want to meet up with with other believers how on earth are we likely to management the 100 folks? If 150 display up what are you heading to do with the other 50? In my church, of the 300 or so members, perhaps 6 folks come in cars.

“The rest occur by public transport. What are you heading to do with them when they arrive? Where will we place them? If church provider is supposed to start off at 7:30am? How would we depend the hour? Will we commence counting it at 8:30am if 100 have revealed up and carry on meeting till 9:30am, creating it two several hours?” she wanted to know.

She extra that “for a lot of church buildings, once the President states that we can begin conference on the June 7, we Christians would possibly interpret it as we should start conference on June 7and put strain on our leaders.”

“I’m conscious of the actuality that the Bible says in which two or three individuals are gathered. The Lord is there with us. But God himself suggests that he doesn’t dwell in properties set together by human hands. He doesn’t require us to congregate in structures.”

“So it is not for God that we will be likely to church. It is for our very own, may perhaps I say, egocentric desire.”



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