According to the Presbyterian minister, “Education without moral and spiritual values always produces intelligent criminals, and no matter how plentiful they are in the system, we cannot build a nation with them.”
Rev. Opuni Frimpong made this statement yesterday during his presentation on the topic: “Patriotism and National Development” at the National Development Conference 2023 (NADEC’23) held at the Pentecost Convention Centre (PCC), Gomoa Fetteh.
During his presentation, Rev. Opuni Frimpong expressed concern about the moral decadence in Ghanaian society, especially in the conduct of students on various campuses, saying that education, particularly Christian education, must produce faithful disciples and good citizens in order to transform the world.
He cited various incidents that had gone viral to highlight the declining morality rate in schools and emphasised that leaders must not look unconcerned.
Rev. Opuni Frimpong partly attributed this growing concern to the two major political parties, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC), who have been steering the affairs of the nation for most of the 4th republic and called for a paradigm shift for national development.
He stated that the absence of a strong sense of morality and ethical values in the public space has also resulted in a kakistocracy, where the least competent persons are placed in leadership positions.
“There are too many ‘kakis’ in our political discourse. Unfortunately, the two major political parties in the country are the same and need to be nurtured,” he remarked.
Quoting Proverbs 13:22, he advised national leaders to rise to the task of leadership by leaving behind a great legacy for future generations and not creating problems for posterity to solve.
“It is only wicked people who create problems for their children to solve tomorrow,” he said.