Mildred Siabi-Mensah, GNA
Fijai (W/R), Aug. 30, GNA – Reverend Father
Eric Elliason of the Catholic Diocese of the Sekondi/Takoradi has said the
nation needed people who are not easily influenced by negative cultures to
advance its progress.
He said positive leadership required that
people needed to restructure their thought patterns about the different
cultures and allow themselves to be influenced positively by them to help build
a dynamic society.
Rev Elliason was speaking at the
inauguration of the Network for Cultural Orientation and Development Affairs
(NECODA) at Fijai in the Western Region.
The event under the theme: “Self-Discipline
and Sense of Co-existence as Platform for community Development”, was chosen to
highlight the need to advance some positive cultural virtues that promotes
peaceful coexistence in society.
Rev Elliason said “NECODA comes at a time
when our cultures are almost dying off, a time in which everything about
culture is seen as outmoded and archaic. This Network, I believe, is going to
help thousands of people take a second look at the question of culture and how
it can help promote development”.
He said there is the need to have cognitive
restructuring to re-adopt to communal African values that promoted both
societal and individual welfare, the values of belongingness and respect for
one another, community and individual support, sincerity and faithfulness,
respect for authority, sacredness of sex and marriage.
He said culture was important in the life of
every human being and that without culture, the individual’s sense of identity
becomes shaky and questionable adding, and it’s out of culture that the values
that shape our lives as individuals emanate.
Rev Elliason said modern man has been
brainwashed to accept the falsity of modern culture where unfaithfulness,
insincerity, disrespect for authority, profanity, selfishness and egoistic
tendencies are treasured.
He said the beauty and attractions of modern
culture has imprisoned our minds and cannot lead to individual and societal
welfare but to pain, destruction and retrogression.
Rev Elliason said the society needed people
who are independent thinkers and are able to express objective truth in light
of their cultural values and everything must be done to seek mental freedom to
withstand the pressures mounted by the modern culture.
Reverend William Adusei, Coordinator-General
of NECODA, said the Network would work in the areas of sanitation and hygiene,
positive education and discipline to bring back the lost values of society.
The Network, he said, would work closely
with religious bodies, the labour and social welfare department and the Ghana
Health Service to enhance community and individual values.