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10-year Strategic Plan for Ghana’s Tamale Archdiocese to Foster Catholic Youth Formation

Archbishop Philip Naameh of Ghana's Tamale Archdiocese. Credit Courtesy Photo

The newly-launched 10-year strategic plan aimed at accelerating growth and development in Ghana’s Tamale Archdiocese is expected to lay emphasis on the formation of Catholic youth, the Local Ordinary has said.

During the launch, Archbishop Philip Naameh said, “Youth who constitute the majority of the population in the Archdiocese of Tamale face numerous challenges today.”

“Through this plan, we want to give attention and lay emphasis on the formation of the youth to face the challenges of unemployment, insecurity, drug abuse among others,” Archbishop Naameh said during the July 31 event.

The Ghanaian Archbishop added, “What is needed today is a Church which knows how to respond to the expectations of young people. In the strategic plan, young people through intense training will have a voice and the means to address the social problems that they face.”

“We plan to organize these training workshops in all Parishes, institutions and associations for young people in our Archdiocese during the 10-year period of the plan,” Archbishop Naameh said.

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Launched under the theme, “Mobilizing for the transformation of the Archdiocese of Tamale through evangelization, peace building and sustainable development,” the strategic plan has 74 objectives and 265 activities.

An estimated budget of 3 billion Ghanaian cedis (US$500 million) is needed for its implementation. 

“It is my hope that we will be able within a short time through networking with the NGOs and with the government to get the funds that we need to implement this plan,” the Catholic Church leader said during the July 31 event.

The strategic plan, Archbishop Naameh further said, seeks to “strengthen the Catholic Church’s social, economic, spiritual and evangelizing mission in all parishes, institutions and also catchment areas within the Tamale Archdiocese.”

“The plan also seeks to establish God’s kingdom, uniting people in a sustainable peaceful environment to proclaim God’s words through human promotion for quality of life and development,” the Local Ordinary of Tamale Archdiocese who doubles as President of Ghana Catholic Bishops' Conference (GCBC) added.

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He noted that the plan is expected to “contribute to improved livelihoods and economic empowerment of the people in the Archdiocese.”

Archbishop Naameh called on Ghanaians to “be empowered to use their potentials to develop the country rather than depending on foreign aids.”

He added, “Tamale had a bad name for some time. It was like a city of conflict. We want to erase this forever.”

“Let people come to love peace,” he said, and continued, “Let people come to integrate the others even if they are a minority because each and everyone living in Tamale and in the northern regions has something to offer to everybody.”

The Ghanaian Archbishop further said, “It is important that we learn to accept one another and to live with one another in peace. This is the real development that we are looking for. It is not just jobs or money but that wherever people live together, they collaborate with one another to build an environment where each one is needed.”

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The guest of honor at the July 31 event, Alhaji Shani Alhassan Saibu who is the Northern Regional Minister, said that the strategic plan would promote sustainable development in the entire Region.

“We are grateful to the Catholic Archdiocese of Tamale for instituting the strategic plan, which we believe would help to eradicate poverty, promote good health and quality education among others, in the Tamale Metropolis,” Mr. Saibu said.