Vice-Rector of Cape Coast Polytechnic, Uriah Stonewell Tetteh, says the dream of Ghana is being “killed by extreme partisan politics.”
Partisan politics, he went on to add, was having adverse effects on “our national pride.”
According to him, various categories of Ghanaians have different types of dreams they want to achieve in life.
However, he noted that these dreams of individual Ghanaians have become untenable as a result of the partisan nature of “our politics.”
“Every Ghanaian has a dream to do something great for his or her country, family, community but we have allowed politics to ruin all these beautiful dreams,” Mr Tetteh averred.
The Cape Coast vice-rector made these observations on Ghana, Great and Strong, a non- partisan programme broadcast every Saturday from 7:00 P.M., to 8:00 P.M., on Ghana’s premier internet-based radio, www.hedjorleonlineradio.com, in Accra.
Mr. Tetteh intimated that there was the need for constant remainder of the country’s dream at any given opportunity by the leaders of the country.
That, he said, will help keep the citizenry on their toes and also help them work towards such dreams.
According to him, the only way Ghanaians can pursue their dreams to their logical conclusion is when “we detach politics from national issues that affect our daily lives.”
“It is unfortunate that politicians who should guide us to achieve our dreams and goals have rather turned to divide us with their parochial interest,” he lamented.
He noted that Ghana stands to gain a lot in her development agenda if she can wean itself off from partisan politics.
A political economy lecturer of Cape Coast University (UCC), who was also on the programme, John Windy Ansah, said the dream of every Ghanaian is encapsulated in the 1992 Constitution.
“What we need to do is to allow the Constitution to guide our conscience in our quest to achieve those dreams,” he suggested.
Against this background, he called on the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) to be proactive in educating the public to appreciate the kind of dream the country has.
“We need to remind ourselves always about our dream and we should avoid the temptation of allowing politicians to divide us,” he advised.
He also bemoaned the posture of some members of Parliament (MPs) who, he said, always engage in partisan debates.
That, the UCC lecturer said, was the bane of the country’s socio-economic problems.
For his part, host of the programme, Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom, could not understand why as a country “we allowed mere politics to divide us thereby making us forget about our dream.”
He said it is important “we maintain our focus to help us bring economic relief to the people.”
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