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10.05.2007 General News

Moral degeneration on ascendancy - Minister


The Western Regional Minister, Mr. Anthony Evans Amoah, has said despite public education against indiscipline and efforts of religious bodies to train the youth and society, moral degeneration seems to be on the ascendancy.

Mr Amoah made the comment at the opening of a five-day Joint Anglican Diocesan Council (JADC) meeting at Sekondi.

Mr. Amoah said: "Indecent dressing, promiscuity, disrespect for the elderly, smoking, drunkenness, drug peddling and other negative practices seem to be common place in society."

"If we allow these social vices to gain roots in our society, the future of our country would be jeopardised and posterity will not forgive us".

Mr. Amoah urged parents and guardians to take a critical look at the way they instil values in children.

He said although it has been established that about 70 per cent of the Ghanaian population is Christian, this is not portrayed in their way of life as followers of Christ.

Mr. Amoah urged the clergy to advise and caution people in authority when they go wrong through memoranda and informal discussion.

They should also ensure harmony and peace in their churches so that these virtues are replicated in the wider society, he said.

Right Reverend Francis Quarshie, the Presiding Bishop and Bishop of Koforidua, commended the government for constructing roads and social infrastructure in all parts of the country.

He said although the economy has improved, this is not reflected in the standard of living of the average Ghanaian.

Source: GNA