A memorial service was last Sunday held for the former Vice-President, Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur, at the Chapel Square Methodist Church in Cape Coast.
The service, which was organised by the Cape Coast Diocese of the Methodist Church, was attended by family members and friends of the late former Vice-President.
The occasion was also used for the erection of a memorial tablet for the late Most Rev. Samuel Benyarku Essamuah, the fifth President of the Methodist Conference, while Nana Kofi Esson, the first Country Manager of Tullow Oil Ghana Limited, was prayed for and honoured with a Kente cloth and a special chair for his invaluable contribution to the development of the church.
Reading the profile of the former Vice-President, his brother, Mr Jabesh Amissah-Arthur, eulogised him as a family man and dedicated Christian.
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The first Bible reading was done by the deceased’s son, Mr Kwesi Nyan Amissah-Arthur, from 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, while Mrs Effie Amissah-Arthur, the deceased’s mother, took the second reading.
In a sermon, the Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church, the Most Rev. Titus Kofi Awotwi Pratt, described the former Vice-President as a noble man and politician who worked diligently for Ghana.
He said Amissah-Arthur was a humble and noble politician who could have changed politics in the country if he had lived longer.
The Most Rev.Awotwi Pratt underscored the need for Ghanaian leaders to love the country in order to bring about development and foster unity among the people.
He said if politicians had the country at heart, rather than their selfish interests, Ghana would make significant socio-economic strides without aid from any external force.
“If Ghanaian leaders would love Ghana and work better for us to go beyond aid, no external force can dictate to us how to run our economy,” he said.
The Presiding Bishop urged politicians who had the opportunity to occupy top positions to embrace the spirit of humility and give reverence to whom it was due.
He said as a nation blessed by God, the people must be icons of decency and discipline and must not allow pride to bring down the nation.
“It is alarming when young men and women in a nation begin to insult the elderly in public when the latter are given promotion or appointed to high positions,” he said.
The Central Regional Minister, Mr Kwamena Duncan, lauded the former Vice-President for his service and dedication to the nation.
He said Amissah-Arthur was the kind of politician who was needed in the political arena to be able to moderate political tension.