Nana Kobina Nketsia, Kan Dapaah discuss redefinition of Ghana’s ethos Wednesday

[L-R] Emile Short, Nana Nketsia and Kan Dapaah
[L-R] Emile Short, Nana Nketsia and Kan Dapaah
Omanhene of Essikado Traditional Area, Nana Kobina Nketsia V and former Minister of State, Mr Albert Kan Dapaah, former Minister of State will lead a discussion on the redefinition of the ethos of Ghana at a symposium in Accra Wednesday.
Former Commissioner of CHRAJ, Emile Short, is also expected to join the discussion, which will take place at the Christ the King Hall and is the second of a series being organised by the Forum for Media Accountability and Democratic Governance (FoMADeG).
A statement issued by the spokesperson of the group, Daniel Addo-Danquah, noted Ghana currently lives in danger of self-destruction due to what he said is the wanton disregard for values.
“Issues of corruption under the fourth republican era, have become the rule rather than the exception; Maybe and Johnson, GYEEDA, SUBAH, and more recently SADA have all been perpetuated with the implicit support of those who should be acting right,” he it said.
“The levels of corruption highlighted in the auditor generals report year in and year out have gone beyond a mere cliché into a malignant tumour waiting to devour our society. Unfortunately, actions and inactions of state power, paints a picture of helplessness in dealing with the canker”, it added.
The group explained that for many observers, the decline in emphasis of Ghana’s collective national values raises more concerns than the struggle to attain economic prosperity.
“What would these moral principles be that led to such change for the common good? The closest we come as a country to defining what constitutes our social values is the first verse of our National Anthem, which admonishes us to boldly defend freedom and right, to show true humility, be honest and to resist oppressors’ rule.
“In stark contrast to this, the media is replete with news of corruption, public and private stories filled with factual inaccuracies and sometimes outright lies.
“The ‘Muntie 3’is the latest example of programmes founded for the sole purpose of debasing hard won reputations and disturbing the public peace for political expediency” FoMADeG added.
The group stated that while it is worth celebrating ‘our modest achievements as a nation, it is equally important to bring to the fore issues that impact negatively on our forward movement’.
Accordingly, it said there is no gainsaying that, the foundation of a well functioning society is the set of values it espouse and strictly adheres to.
It is in line with these concerns that the FoMADeG is organizing a symposium to discuss the topic: “Redefining our Ethos as a Nation”.

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