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General News of Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Source: GNA

Lack of patriotism, bane of national development – Minister

Alhaji Limuna Mohammed-Muniru, Northern Regional Minister, has observed that lack of patriotism among the citizenry is the cause of the myriad of problems facing Ghana, which needs a multi-faceted approach to reverse the trend.

“Growing indiscipline, corruption, moral decadence, apathy, greed, selfishness and lack of patriotism are a great source of concern and are threatening to erode the great foundation the founding fathers of the nation bequeathed on us,” he said.

Alhaji Mohammed-Limuna made the observation when he addressed senior citizens as part of activities marking Ghana’s 54th Republic Day.

More than 100 Senior Citizens converged at the Regional Coordinating Council including heads of departments to observe and recognise the contribution of the Senior Citizens to the development of the country.

Alhjai Mohammed-Limuna called on the Senior Citizens to use their wisdom to help guide and support the nation and institutions to restore good morals into the society.

He said: “The thriving of these ills is worsening the already bad accolade that this region has already received and we need to work collectively to erase all negative perceptions about the region.”

He condemned the murder of the chief of Bimbilla, Na Dasana Andani, a fortnight ago saying, “The cost of conflicts and tension in the region is simply unacceptable and the earlier we collectively work to resolve them the better for our development”.

He said it is important for Senior Citizens to continue to advise the youth to desist from acts of violence and vandalism to ensure that their communities receive the needed development.

Alhaji Gilbert Seidu Iddi, a former Regional Minister, expressed the need for the media to continue to adopt the habit of charting the path for discussions on development issues instead of engaging in destructive agenda, which is creating division in the country.