Dr Benjamin Kunbuor, the former Minister of Defence and Health, has urged Ghanaians to uphold value systems that transform society.
“Nationhood does not come by chance but depends upon citizens’ collective effort hence, much effort must be made to build teams that unite the country to bring about progress, growth and development,” he said.
Dr Kunbuor encouraged the citizenry to remain committed, determined and dedicated to national issues rather than partisan politics adding that “when you see somebody or a group of people who are acting and do not have value system, they are just acting and might not be different from robots so we must have a particular value system”.
According to him, one of the issues that seemed to be lacking in the country was belief in value system which gave citizens basis for them to have a conversation because people should agree on development imperatives, but for moral, religious and ideological reasons, they could differ on approach.
Dr Kunbuor stressed on the need for Ghanaians to have a common convergence of interest that would not be premised on political sentiments and affiliations and should not just elect people along political sentiments and leave them to their designs for four years.
He explained that it was because in between the electorates and the government was space that had been created, where some known beneficiaries had nested comfortably and would make sure people kept the divide within the country.
“If we are able to create incentive that motivates this group of people occupying that particular space, I believe we will begin to see convergence in terms of our national interest but keeping us divided along partisan lines certainly have beneficiaries, and I think those beneficiaries are sufficiently powerful in society.
“Any time we begin to see our society coming together to address number of issues, it just fizzles out because we will introduce political and partisan considerations at almost every stage of important discussions on national issues,” Dr Kunbuor decried.
He indicated that the country had not been able to concretely build teams that could be used as galvanising framework within which energies of the citizenry could be brought on board to achieve so much and it did not matter who took credit because, at almost every point, political party in power kept making disturbing statements.
Source: The Ghanaian Times