Government through the Ministry of Finance, has sign a memorandum of understanding with Faith-Based Organizations (FBOs) in a bid to realize the change needed for the total growth and transformation of the country.
Speaking at the signing of the MoU, the Minister for Finance, Ken Ofori Atta noted that the FBOs have a huge role to play in the moral and spiritual growth of the country and there is the need for them to use their platforms to drum home the virtues needed for change in attitude.
“We can begin to infuse the responsibilities of the citizenry in the way in which we preach our sermons, and the need for taxes to develop ourselves and the way to give what is Caesar’s what belongs to Caesar.
“So how do we push the moral responsibilities of individuals as we look at nation building? And I think it would be most powerful medium to evangelize this type of value,” he quizzed.
The Faith-Based Organizations have over 30,000 branches, of which millions of Christians meet in them regularly. FBOs represented at the meeting included the leadership of Orthodox, Charismatic, Pentecostal and Muslim communities.
The Minister noted that such engagement afforded both parties the platform to dialogue on issues of national interest such as taxation of some activities of churches, how to harness resources of FBOs to ensure value for money for government social intervention policies and ensuring equitable distribution of national resources through the nationwide networks of FBOs.
He acknowledged the enormous roles these FBOs continue to play in the area of education, health, philanthropism among others to improve the standard of people in Ghana’s communities and assured them of Government’s support.