16 Aug 2007

Samoa PM reminds church ministers of the principles of good governance

7:28 am on 16 August 2007

Samoa's Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, has reminded church ministers in Samoa attending a seminar on leadership and good governance of the importance upholding principles of good governance such as transparency and accountability.

Tuila'epa says Church ministers should consider leaving the management of church finances to members of their congregations and parishes who are qualified to do so.

The church ministers, according to the prime minister, should only concentrate in preaching the gospel by sticking to the altar and bible, and not money.

Several pastors and reverends he says, have failed in their missions because of the mis-use and abuse of power because of lack of good governance.

The seminar which will end tomorrow is run by the Si'osi'omaga society a non governmental organisation with funds provided by the government of New Zealand.