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12.09.2004 General News

National discipline needed to propel devt- Nduom

By GNA

Cape Coast, Sept. 12, GNA- The Minister of Energy, Dr Paa Kwesi Nduom on Saturday stated that the country needs "national discipline" to ensure its development.

He said whether a country would develop or not depends on either the presence or absence of discipline in her people and that the laxity in the lifestyles of Ghanaians does not urgur well, for the country's attainment of meaningful socio-economic development.

Dr Nduom, who was addressing the 48th annual council meeting of the Boys Brigade, Ghana, on the theme: " one body many parts" at Cape Coast, abhorred the behaviour of most Ghanaians, whom he said, are leading carefree lives, without due regards to its consequences.

Ghanaians, he said, wake up, report to work and close as and when they want, they also throw garbage where they want, urinate and spit everywhere and expect the country to develop and be clean.

He said even though countries like Korea and Singapore were behind Ghana in the 1960s, those countries have through "national discipline" developed and cautioned against the after effects of indiscipline life which, he said, would forever keep its subjects in bonds.

Dr Nduom said currently the capita income for Korea is 10,000 dollars, whiles that of Ghana is only 400 dollars.

"Ghanaians must therefore understand that freedom has a limit and also comes with responsibility", and urged them to stop those negative attitudes and practices that are killing the country on daily basis. The national president of the Boys Brigade, Reverend Emmanuel Twum-Baah in an address, appealed to politicians to give peace a chance during the campaign period to enhance a healthy general elections this year.

He appealed to the officers to work harder in spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ and also lead the crusade against the spread of the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

Two hundred and ninety-five officers, men and boys from all over the country attended the four-day council meeting.

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