A ghastly accident that left at least 10 dead has made the deputy minister of transportation prohibit commercial bus evangelism in Ghana. And has proclaimed it an offence that is now punishable by law.
Reportedly, the Deputy Minister of Transport, Daniel Nii Kwartei Titus-Glover, issued this statement after a ghastly accident on the Accra-Kumasi Highway on Wednesday, June 13, 2018.
The terrible incident that occurred early at around 1am, involved two huge buses and had at least ten people dead while others sustained injuries.
Later that day, Mr. Titus-Glover issued the new order to evangelists during a radio interview.
Speaking on Chief Jerry Forson, host of Ghana Yensom on Accra100.5FM, the minister said: “At every opportunity, we need to talk against indiscipline on our roads as part of the fight against accidents.
“One of the things I have noticed in recent times which I have communicated to the driver unions is the trend where some pastors preach in buses.
“I am not against preaching, religion is very good and I am a Christian, but when the driver is driving and a pastor is preaching, it has the propensity of dividing his attention, some of the drivers are passionate about religion, and, so, when they get soaked too much into what the preacher is saying at that moment, his attention will be divided.
“I have told the driver unions that they must not allow anybody to sell medicines or preach in the buses. Road safety is a shared responsibility.”
Mr. Titus-Glover also sternly warned the drivers to stop speeding and wrong overtaking, encouraging them instead to work together to reduce the accidents.
For the records, Ghana is not the only country that does not particularly care for evangelism on public buses.
BBC reports has it also that Jamaica, a predominantly Christian country, has also banned preachers from evangelising to fellow passengers. In countries like Bolivia, China, North Korea and more, evangelizing on buses is an offence punishable by law.