Bishop James Ligo, head of the Anglican Diocese of Vanuatu and New Caledonia, giving his perspective as a former Chairman of Vanuatu Christian Council (VCC) has expressed support for the Government’s decision to provide financial support to the VCC.
His chairmanship of VCC was replaced several weeks ago.
The Government recently announced a Vt10 million grant to the VCC, the first time government has provided funding support to the national church organization.
Bishop Ligo told Buzz 96FM’s Kizzy Kalsakau that also as someone who helped negotiate the financial support from government past governments it was great news.
He added that the funds would support the churches in the roles as non-government organizations, and as it is supporting the chiefs in their roles in maintaining peace and stability and of course upholding justice in the country.
“We are grateful to the government for recognizing the importance of supporting the churches in their role,” the head of the Anglican Diocese of Vanuatu and New Caledonia said.
“I also think that what the churches are doing must be transparent to the people in what they are doing to help the people and as God’s mouthpiece on earth especially here in Vanuatu because the people will be questioning what the churches are doing with the money.”
He added that the decision was testament to recognition by this government of the importance the churches role in the communities. He said as a former chair of VCC, they tried to convince past governments and they promised to help but this never occurred.
When asked about the Anglican Church’s view on the financial assistance from government to the churches, he responded that he preferred to answer in his perspective as the former position in VCC. He cited the role of the churches in dealing with issues, including increasing level of domestic violence today.
He repeated that the only concern that he foresaw on the subject would be questions from the public about how the money was used.
Otherwise he supported the idea of the funding to the churches and reiterated his position that chiefs were receiving funding from government and that both organizations have the role of helping the people live healthy and peaceful lives.