Sheikh Aremeyaw Shaibu, an Islamic Scholar and Spokesperson for the National Chief Imam, has appealed to Government to resource the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) to educate the citizenry on the dangers of corruption to the development of the country.
Speaking to Host of the Morning Xpress on Radio XYZ 93.1, Neil Armstrong-Mortagbe, he posited that the inhabitants of Ghana do not “uphold the positive values of the society.”
“…This is something that has become culturally acceptable but it’s something that is eating us,” he said.
The Muslim preacher said a cursory look at the gross implications of corruption in Ghana required that the nation be re-oriented to enable citizens embrace the lost values that make corruption look like a “culture” that is acceptable.
He said corruption had crept its way into successive Governments and the leadership of the country, a situation he described as dangerous.
He also attributed the canker to the failure on the part of some parents as well as some religious leaders to inculcate honesty into children and the youth as a way to quell corruption in Ghanaians.
According to him, if the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) is well resourced by Government, they can undertake various educational programmes to instill in the people the values of the society to fight corruption.
“In fact we must strengthen the NCCE and let them assume their mandate in a more radical way,” he said, while he commended the Akufo-Addo led administration for resourcing the Commission to work effectively and efficiently.
Suggesting a national re-orientation to “resonate” with the minds of Ghanaians, he stated: “I will encourage the Government, for the sake of our poor country, for our values sake, they should give them (NCCE) adequate resources and hold them to account and let them use the money appropriately.”
He also advised that Education authorities to enforce the learning of ‘Courtesy for boys and girls’ in schools and ensure students learn the need to be patriotic.
Sheikh Shaibu went further to state that, when students are made to learn the National Pledge and see it as a pledge they make to the country of their birth, the practice will stimulate the spirit of Patriotism that would prevent them from growing into corrupt adults.