The preacher for the University of Environment and Sustainable Development (UESD) 4TH Commencement Lecture Thanksgiving was the Head Pastor of the Somanya Central Assemblies of God, Rev. Stephen Kweku Narteh. His message which centred on Genesis, touched on the importance of God as the environment’s creator and the duty of humanity to protect it.
The Thanksgiving Service was attended by staff and students of the university, the Council Chairman, Prof. Jonathan Narh Ayertey, and some guests.
In attendance were the UESD Choir and the celebrated Ghanaian gospel musician, ACP Kofi Sarpong who is an ’Associate’ of the UESD Commencement Lecture Thanksgiving Service.
The Registrar, Mrs. Mary Abena Agyepong, was the Liturgist.
Rev. Narteh stated that understanding the environment as a bestowed gift to humanity is crucial and explained the importance of responsible environmental stewardship, establishing a connection between biblical teachings and the university’s mission.
The man of God pointed out that despite the challenges associated with the environment, people nevertheless have a need to deliberately work to improve it so that it is livable. He advocated a shift in viewpoint, emphasising the value of education in bringing about positive changes in attitudes, accepting knowledge, seizing chances, and making a constructive impact on the communities in which one finds oneself.
Rev. Narteh, who is also the Chairman of the Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council in the Eastern Region’s Yilo Krobo Municipality, expressed optimism for the university’s future and its capacity to have an impact on its surroundings and the country as a whole. He underscored the university’s role in educating students and encouraging environmental responsibility.
Members of the congregation were encouraged to recall their duty to labour and safeguard the environment. The call to take care of oneself within the environment extends to broader environmental care. He asserted that it is imperative to examine the detrimental effects of human activity on the ecosystem.
He ended his sermon with an appeal for a positive impact, a renewed mindset, and adherence to divine principles.
In his brief comments, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Eric Nyarko-Sampson said, ‘’we have come to give thanks to God for the past years and to also give him thanks for what is ahead, because, He is our hope in ages past and the hope for our years and of the University,’’ he ended.