The Nana Addo Government’s vision of a Ghana Beyond Aid would depend to a large extent on the values that define us as a people, the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has underscored.
He has therefore called for national introspection and review of the attitudes and values that make us uniquely Ghanaian.
Addressing students at the 10th Matriculation of the Pentecost University College in Accra on Saturday the 15th of Dec, the Vice – President challenged tertiary institutions, especially faith-based ones, to lead the crusade for a national attitudinal change in order to put in place the necessary building blocks for the achievement of a Ghana Beyond Aid.
“Tertiary Institutions, especially the faith-based ones should lead this crusade, making sure that their core values are well assimilated by their students. In so doing, they will come out not only as responsible citizens but also as men and women of integrity who will positively influence society”, he indicated.
Adding that “One important factor required for building good societies but which continues to elude us is our weak basic value systems. Faith, they say, moves mountains. Our core value systems of fairness, honesty, integrity, hard work, completeness of work are much in short supply.
Dr. Bawumia however, challenged the graduands to inculcate the values espoused in the teachings and tenets of the Pentecost University in their daily lives.
“For all of you graduands who are going out to the world of work, you have to remember that you are going to have to serve humanity with integrity and sincerity, no matter where you find your selves. You are not going to look for material things. That is not what life is about. You are going to serve humanity. But when we look around we see greed, ostentation, competitive richness and so much on display, and we need to say to our selves, this is not the way to build a Ghana beyond Aid. We need to do things differently.
He finally, urged tertiary institutions especially, to help build a Good society by inculcating good core value systems in our conduct as individuals, as community members and leaders and as citizens and nation builders.
BY: Adnan Osman