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Decline in values impeding economic growth – FoMADeG

Nov. 8, 2016, 8:56 a.m.

THE Forum for Media Accountability and Democratic Governance (FoMADeG), has warned that without adherence to a set of national values, the desire to attain economic prosperity for all will continue to be elusive.

It noted that the decline in values in our society has transcended the social threshold into becoming a major developmental issue which needs more urgent attention than mere focus on economic prosperity.

According to the group, many wealthy nations evolved from poverty along paths of sound social and moral values citing Scandinavian countries as being fine examples of evolution in one generation to first Nation status. 

A statement signed by Daniel Addo-Danquah, spokesperson for FoMADeG said in line with these concerns, the group is organising a symposium to discuss the topic: ‘Redefining our Ethos as a Nation’.

The symposium, which is the second in the series, will be held on at Christ the King Hall in Accra tomorrow.

Dignitaries penciled to speak at the forum are: Nana Kobina Nketia V, Omanhene of Essikado Traditional Area, Mr Albert Kan Dapaah, former Minister of State, Justice Emile Short, Former Commissioner of Commissioner for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ).

FoMADeG stated that Ghana’s inordinate quest for wealth and political power continue to hinder not only progress as a people, but it is also gradually destroying social fabric. 

According to group, Ghana, today, lives in danger of self-destruction due to the wanton disregard for values. 

“Issues of corruption under the fourth republican era, have become the rule rather than the exception; GYEEDA, SUBAH, and more recently, SADA, have all been perpetuated with the implicit support of those who should be acting right. 

“The levels of corruption highlighted in the Auditor-General’s 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, and rightly so.

“What would these moral principles be that led to such change for the common good? 

“The closest we came 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 adhere to.

It is in line with these concerns that the Forum for Media Accountability and Democratic Governance (FoMADeG) is organising a symposium to discuss the topic: ‘Redefining our Ethos as a Nation’.