Mr Eric Kwakye Darfour, the Eastern Regional Minister, has appealed to churches to help resolve the many chieftaincy disputes that are slowing down the development of parts of the Region.
He mentioned chieftaincy disputes, illegal mining including sand winning and the mode of cattle rearing as some of the major challenges threatening the peace of the Region.
Mr Darfour was speaking at the opening of the 39th Annual Synod of the Koforidua Diocese of the Methodist Church at Larteh.
This year’s Synod, among other things, is to elect a new bishop for the diocese to succeed the out-going one; Right Reverend Michael Agyakwa Bossman, who has completed his term of office.
Mr Darfour appealed to the Church to set aside days for regular intercessory prayers for the Government to be successful in the programmes it had initiated.
He said only 30 per cent of the road network in the Region were good, and the Government had, therefore, awarded contract for the rehabilitation of 160 kilometres of roads to improve the regional roads network.
The Minister promised to push for the rehabilitation of the roads in the Larteh Area.
The Most Rev. Samuel Asante–Antwi, former Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church, urged the members of Synod to pray for God’s guidance in order to elect an in-coming bishop who would have time for the Church and could complete his full term.
The Rt. Rev. Michael Agyakwa Bossman, the outgoing Bishop, in his address, appealed to the Church to continue with his vision to establish a 1,500 capacity retreat centre for the Methodist Church in the Diocese.
He said the Diocese had acquired 49 acres of land at Koforidua and 20 acres at Okorase, where the project could be sited.
He urged the Diocese to complete the three-storey stores and office complex opposite the Apenteng Hall and expand the 20 acre mango and cashew plantation at the Afram Plains on the 120 acres of land acquired by the Church.
The three reverend ministers who are seeking to replace the outgoing bishop are: Very Rev. Dr Emmanuel Asare Kusi, the Superintendent Minister of the Adweso Circuit; Very Rev. Emanuel Kwesi Ansah, Superintendent Minister of the Larteh Circuit; and Very Rev. Dr. Mpare Gyekye, who is currently serving in Canada.