Originally Published, June 13, 2012
Dominant attitudes in all pervading cultures have ways of signalling whether the society is growing, declining or self-destructing. When we assess our political behaviour and practice from 1992 to date, within the general context of our political milieu, the question must be asked, what society are we seeking to leave behind for the next generation? Are we fostering the building of a cohesive society based on unity and trust or a society that lives in suspicion and fear of each other? Do we have people with true democratic mindset to be in charge of this country, Ghana?
The actions and utterances of politicians who seek to rule this country, must always personify the aspirations of our country, like education, provision of electrical energy to power our economy, modernization of the economy, science and technology, the fight against ignorance, the need to overturn the human resource deficit in our medical and educational institutions, and manage public expenditure in a more prudent manner by eliminating waste and corruption in the civil service. Political parties as civil society organizations are engineered for this purpose.
Originally Published, June 10, 2012
Nurturing a strong democracy needs the presentation of opposing viewpoints in a balanced and proportioned way. In this regard, the media in Ghana has a very significant role in facilitating public politics by setting an agenda based on issues of national interest rather than becoming a conduit for misleading and manipulating public minds by politicians.
The tensed political landscape in Ghana characterised by greed, corruption, disrespect for the presidency and disrespect for the honourable members of the House, sheer lies, personal vendetta, insults and rumour peddling can be partly attributed to the fact that, when it comes to the role of the media in politics and nation building, the political landscape is overly tilted in favour of the political media segment.
Originally Published, December 21, 2011
“Time have changed so the church must review its position as far as it’s views of homosexuals are concerned… especially as a doctor, I don’t know whether there is a biological basis for it, a psychological basis for it, or simply a persons choice. I don’t know.”
This is the reaction of Prof. F. T. Sai to comments made by Rt. Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Martey of the Presbyterian Church- Ghana, who described homosexuality as unbiblical, un-African, abnormal and filthy.
Prof Sai, challenged the basis of the Reverend Minister’s assertion, as inconsistent with biblical doctrine. (source:myjoyonline.com 24th June 2011)
(Prof F.T Sai is a population and Sexual Health Expert, former Chairman of the Ghana Aids Commission, former President of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences, and one time adviser to former president of Ghana, J.A. Kufuor on sexual health issues.)
When it comes to advising the public appropriately on which particular behaviours and attitudes to be promoted in reaction to health issues like homosexuality, we should not behave as if its net debilitating effect is inconsequential or a fad in a season.