The two-day National Development Conference 2023 on “Moral Vision and National Development” has ended with a unanimous call by participants for a National Moral and Integrity Council akin to the National Peace Council to be instituted to develop a Moral Vision Plan to inform Ghana’s development agenda for the next generation.
The Council, when established, will lead the restoration of generations of decay and moral decadence that Ghana has experienced over the years.
The Conference also recommended the setting up of a multi-faceted electoral team facilitated by Faith-Based Organisations to continuously engage with the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) to see to fruition the National Moral Vision Plan.
These calls were contained in a communique issued at the end of the conference, which brought together over 2000 stakeholders drawn from a broad spectrum of Ghanaian society (religious groups, traditional authorities, political parties, media, professional bodies, Civil Society Organisations, the Clergy among others) at the Pentecost Convention Centre, Gomoa Fetteh near Kasoa.
Delivering his closing remarks, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, Chairman of The Church of Pentecost, expressed his belief that the conference’s outcome will be a watershed for moral, ethical and sound re-awakening for Ghanaians and Africa.
The participants of the conference concluded that the nation’s moral fibre had dipped very fast, and the voice of non-political actors, including the religious organisation, had not been audible enough. It further noted the urgent need for leaders with a moral conscience to carry the leadership mandate in an honest manner in all spheres of Ghanaian society.
The conference, which saw participants breaking into plenary sessions to discuss various thematic areas, had the Vice President, Dr. Mahmoud Bawumia, delivering the keynote address.
Also in attendance to deliver fraternal greetings was the Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. A.S.K. Bagbin, the Chief Justice, Her Ladyship Gertrude Torkonoo, Former Presidents John Agyekum Kufuor and John Dramani Mahama and President of the Ghana Journalist Association, Mr. Albert K. Dwumfuor among other distinguished guests.
Speakers at the conference presented papers on thought-provoking and insightful topics on the gross decline of the moral fibre of society and its consequences for future generations.
They also proffered significant solutions and recommendations on the issues they raised. The Voice of Pentecost were in attendance and interspersed the deliveries with renditions of national and patriotic songs of Ghana.
Find below a copy of the communique.