Bawumia says he was joking about paying churches

Bawumia says he was joking about paying churches

Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has clarified his recent comment suggesting that churches should be paid for their contributions to the country, stating that he was only joking.

In an address to clergy members in the North East Region, Dr. Bawumia acknowledged the significant role churches play in Ghana’s development, citing their numerous social and infrastructure projects.

He emphasized that his initial remark was meant in jest and not meant to be taken seriously.

“I said maybe we should have paid them for what they did, not really trying to tax them. But I wasn’t really saying we should pay churches, no. I am saying that we should give incentives to churches to do more,” Dr. Bawumia explained.

Dr. Bawumia’s initial comment sparked debate, with some interpreting it as a suggestion to financially compensate churches for their contributions. Dr. Bawumia’s clarification has since put the matter to rest, reaffirming the government’s appreciation for the vital role churches play in Ghana’s development.

The Vice President emphasized the importance of collaboration between the government and faith-based organizations, highlighting their shared goals of promoting national development and well-being..

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