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25.08.2005 General News

Govt urged to enact laws to check profanity on airwaves

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Kukurantumi (E/R), Aug. 25, GNA - The Rev Christian Alfred Yeboah, Kukurantumi District Minister of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, has bemoaned the current rate of profanity on the airwaves and called on the government to enact laws to check the practice.

He cautioned that if the practice was not controlled and "people are allowed to say anything at will, there is the tendency that such people will one day put the name of the Presidency into ridicule." Rev Yeboah made the call at the official opening of the Sixth Akuapem Presbytery Junior Youth (JY) Camp at Kukurantumi on Thursday, which was under the theme: "Life in its fullness".

He also lamented the indecent dressing among the youth, saying "such degrading dressings which they regard as fashion, is rather putting such youths into public ridicule."

The Deputy Eastern Regional Minister, Ms Susana Mensah, decried the influx of some negative foreign cultures into the country, cautioning that the tendency, if not checked, would continue to "erode our positive cultural values to the detriment of discipline in our society." She said there was the need to protect the youth from any cultural values that were impacting negatively on them to ensure a disciplined society.

Ms Mensah called on the communities to live up to the task of training the youth and checking the spate of social vices such as armed robbery, drug abuse and prostitution that was engulfing them. She charged the youth to take advantage of the Information Communication Technology (ICT) for their educational enhancement and avoid the temptation of abusing the system.

The headmaster of the Ofori Panin Secondary School (OPASS), Mr Kwaku Kyei-Brobbey, noted that if the youth, who were the future leaders, were educated without good morals and integrity, they would become intelligent but irresponsible leaders in future.

The Youth Co-ordinator of the Church, Rev. Daniel Owusu Ansah, said the Camp would afford the youth the opportunity to, among other things, learn Biblical lessons, environmental management, hygiene, HIV/AIDS, induced abortion and malaria control.