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21.10.2003 General News

Don't criticize without alternatives - CDD

By GNA
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Kumasi, Oct 21, GNA - Dr Baffour Agyemang-Duah, Associate Executive Director of the Centre for Democratic Development (CDD), has advised Ghanaians not to take delight in only criticising government policies and other national issues but to offer alternatives as well. He said any criticism that is not supported by "productive alternative is meaningless and has the tendency of jeopardising the country's democracy and development".

Dr Agyemang-Duah said this on Monday when he launched the second annual week celebration of the Institute of Management Studies (IMS) branch of the International Movement of Catholic Students (Pax Romana). The celebration is under the theme "Discipline, a pre-requisite tool for national development, the role of the Catholic intellectual".

"Most Ghanaians are often very quick to criticise policies and other national issues but completely fall short of offering any alternatives to the issues they objected to and criticised."

Dr Agyemang-Duah said Ghana is going through a difficult period of consolidating its young democracy and if such baseless criticisms, which he blamed on lack of knowledge, are allowed to take root it could "erode the gains we have so far made under our democracy."

He urged students to strive to expand their knowledge not only through reading but also accessing information from various journals to enable them make positive input towards efforts at consolidating the country's democracy.

Mr Sampson Wuni Moari, President of the IMS branch of Pax Romana, appealed to Catholic students to let the values of honesty, justice and self-sacrifice reflect in their lives both at school and in their communities.

He said it is only when they are able to abide by such values that people would perceive them as role models and thereby enhance their chances of facilitating moral and social change.

Reverend Father Louis Anning of the Amakom Catholic parish, who presided, told them to be steadfast in their Christian faith to ensure progress in their lives and communities.

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