ARUSHA: The Vice President, Dr. Philip Mpango has called on parents and guardians to recognize the responsibility they have of moral education for young people to face the challenge of misuse of social networks.

The Vice President made the call when he participated in the Consecration and Induction Ceremony of Bishop-elect Dr. Abel Godson Mollel and his assistant Reverend Lareiton Lukumay held at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania (KKKT) Diocese of North Central Congregation of Kimandolu in Arusha region.

He said that despite Tanzania having a large number of young people, the response of those young people in houses of worship is low, which leads to a lack of religious teachings that would enable them to have morals and better use of social networks.

In addition, the Vice President has said that the Government led by Dr. Samia Suluhu Hassan will always manage and protect the country's constitution, including the right to worship for all citizens without discrimination. He said that the government will ensure that citizens continue to live in peace and get better social services as well as invest in large strategic projects in all sectors which, if completed, will contribute significantly to raising the national economy.

The Vice President has appealed to all the religious leaders in the country to help motivate the people so that they come out in large numbers to participate in the local government elections that will be held this year. He said the Government promises to make efforts to create a fair and enabling environment so that citizens can participate in choosing the leaders they want in peace and stability.

He also said that the Government is proud of the good cooperation that exists between it and religious institutions that has lasted for a long time in various fields and recognizes and appreciates the great contribution of the Church in the provision of community services, especially education, health and water. He has instructed the Ministry of Health to ensure that it resolves the challenges that hinder the partnership between the government and the Arusha Lutheran Medical Center Hospital as soon as possible.

The Vice President has congratulated Bishop Dr. Abel Godson Mollel and his assistant Rev. Lareiton Lukumay for the ordination and induction to the work and imploring the faithful of the Diocese and all Christians in general to recognize the responsibility they have for spiritual leaders. He has enjoined the believers to give him sincere cooperation, including loving him, obeying him, encouraging him and praying to God for Bishop Dr. Abel Mollel so that he can do his job well.

For his part, Bishop Dr. Abel Mollel has said that the Diocese will continue to cooperate well with the government in providing social services such as education and health. He congratulated the leadership of Arusha Region for the cooperation with the Church which has made it possible to achieve various activities including planting more than three hundred thousand trees in the region.