Madam Lydia Seyram Alhassan, the Member of Parliament for Ayawaso West Wuogon, has called on religious leaders to act as agents of peace to ensure the speedy development of the nation.
She charged them to use their positions to prevent violence and promote peace.
Madam Alhassan was speaking at the Ghana Day celebration of the Cedar Mountain Chapel of the Assemblies of God International Church at East Legon in Accra on Sunday.
The day, which is celebrated annually, is used to showcase the rich culture of the country, promote peace and pray for the speedy development of the nation.
It was on the theme: “Speeding Ghana’s Development through Peace and Unity.”
Madam Alhassan charged the clergymen not to use their positions to generate wealth but should grow their congregation on the foundations of hardwork, peace and unity.
The Member of Parliament admonished Ghanaians to be tolerant of each other’s religious beliefs as a way of curbing violence.
Madam Alhassan said religion remained an individual’s choice and no one should be denied the freedom to choose a faith he or she believed in adding: “Compulsion of faith on any individual breeds intolerance, disorderliness and hypocrisy.”
She commended the Government for the peaceful celebration of Ghana’s 62nd Independence saying this has strengthened the peace and unity prevailing in the Northern Region.
Madam Alhassan also commended Ghanaian women for their role and contribution to nation-building and gave the assurance to establish enterprenuership centres in the Constituency to offer jobs for the youth.
The Reverend Dr Stephen Y. Wengam, the Lead Pastor of the Church, commended Ghanaians for the peaceful celebration of the Independence.
He said the Church’s mission was to raise members and disciples to contribute to the development of the nation.
He charged the youth to desist from all forms of negative activities that may tarnish their image.