President John Dramani Mahama has expressed concern over what he terms as a rapid decay of Ghana’s cultural and moral values.
According to him, Ghana is gradually also losing its traditions and norms.
Speaking at the National Arts and Culture Festival at the Brong Ahafo region, President Mahama said “We [Ghana] are losing some of our traditions and norms such as respect for the elderly. It is common now to see young people, acting rudely and disrespectfully to their elders.”
According to him, urbanisation and modernisation has partly contributed to the loss of norms and attitudes.
The situation, he said, is breaking down the extended family structure.
“It is not uncommon to see today elderly, destitute people standing at street corners and begging for alms, it is not uncommon to see children standing on the street who have no homes to go into.”
President Mahama is not the first to raise concerns over Ghana’s deteriorating moral standards.
Some have attributed the situation to what they believe is the increasing spate of corruption in the country.
Ex-President John Rawlings earlier attributed Ghana’s deteriorating standards to what he described as the high rate of corruption in the country.