By William A. Asiedu
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The Resident Minister of the Mt. Sinai Methodist Society, Atomic- Kwabenya, Accra, The Very Rev. Felix Kwame Tawiah Korankye Danquah, has called for increased patronage of local foods as well as a return to the use of leaves, corn husks and paper for food packaging to save the environment from further destruction from plastic material.
He said the preparation and consumption of typical Ghanaian dishes such as waakye, aprapransa and kenkey involved the use of leaves and corn husks as their wrappers, which easily get decomposed when discarded, unlike the plastic and other non-degradable materials used to package fast foods that are gradually becoming the staple food of many Ghanaians.
“If we take a firm decision to heavily patronise our local foods, the filth that is literally swallowing all of us will become a thing of the past,” The Very Rev. Danquah pointed out.
He was addressing the press after leading the congregation to celebrate the church’s Cultural Day, which is held annually to promote the positive aspects of the Ghanaian culture and also encourage the members to patronise made-in-Ghana goods and services as their contribution to the development of the economy.
He recalled that, “When we were young, the foods that we bought from the streets were packaged in leaves, which are biodegradable and thus turn to enrich the soil when they decompose after they have been used and disposed of”.
The Rev. Minister added that the increased consumption of Ghanaian dishes could improve the health of the people as many local foods were organic.
“We can also cut down on the importation of processed food items from abroad and ease the pressure on the cedi by the US dollar and the other trading currencies”.
The Very Rev. Danquah, who is also the Superintendent Minister of the newly-inaugurated Kwabenya Circuit of the Methodist Church, encouraged Ghanaians to wear clothes produced locally, particularly those designed with made-in-Ghana fabrics to save the fashion and textile industries from total collapse.
Preaching the sermon for the occasion, he reminded Christians that Jesus Christ suffered for the purpose of atoning for their sins and that it was important that His followers also lay down their lives for others.
The Supernumerary Minister of the Mt. Sinai Methodist Society, Atomic-Kwabenya, The Rt. Rev. Charles K. Konadu, entreated the congregation to lead lives that reflected the exceptional character of Jesus Christ.
The men, women and children of the church sported rich apparel from the various traditional areas in the country, from the north to the south.
The church auditorium was also lit up by the kaleidoscope of the colours of their clothes, which gave the event a royal splendour.
The Saha Africa Dance Ensemble from Nungua in Accra filled the church hall with some electrifying traditional drumming and intricate dance moves, drawing some of the members of the congregation onto the floor to join in the dancing.
The occasion was also used to raise funds for the Mt. Sinai 50th Anniversary building project. The climax of the Golden Jubilee of the Society is expected to be marked in August, 2019.
The Chairman of the Golden Jubilee Planning Committee, Mr Clifford Duke Mettle, appealed to the congregation and all well-wishers, home and abroad, to support the project in honour of God.