“GHANA CAN’T DEVELOP WITH INTELLIGENT CRIMINALS”
From Isaac Awetey-Okunor, Koforidua
A former Head of Department of Religious Studies at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Rev. Dr. Kwabena Opuni-Frimpong has stressed that it would be a difficult for government to ensure development in the country.
According to the Rev. Dr. Opuni-Frimpong, who is also the Moderator in charge of Department of Biblical Studies at the All Nation University College (ANUC), a Koforidua based private University, the effort by government to ensure development would be in vain if what he described as intelligent criminals were not dealt with.
The Senior Presbyterian Church of Ghana pastor disclosed that corruption and other social vices has become the norm of the day because tertiary institutions have failed to produce intellectuals with high level of moral and spiritual values.
‘Education without high moral and spiritual values will always produce intelligent criminals”, he stressed.
He made the remarks at a one day Bible and Theology Conference organized by the All Nations University College (ANUC) in Koforidua under the theme “New Beginings:Imitating the Mind of Christ for Better Behavioral and Attitudinal Change”.
The programme was part of activities making the celebrations of a decade of innovation, excellence and quality higher education.
In order to have a paradigm shift, the ANUC boss has launched a passionate appeal to stakeholders in the tertiary institutions to make moral and spiritual values compulsory as part of the curriculum.
He further urged Africans and Ghanaian scholars to desist from using European achievers as examples during lectures or otherwise and rather use Africans who have contributed to the development of the continent.
“Africans have lost relevant mentors because they cherish the whites at the expense of their own people”, he added.
In his welcome address, the Founder and President of ANUC, Dr. Samuel Donkor said since the institution is a Christian university and committed to God’s word, the spiritual life of the individual student was utmost importance. He urged students to set aside a time on a daily basis for personal devotion.
Dr. Donkor continued that, the university is committed to creating an atmosphere that was conducive to spiritual development and academic success and social interaction since personal development and academic education are interrelated.
The ANUC Founder declared that, the philosophy of the institution was predicated on the premise that a personal commitment towards excellence was fundamental to the process of higher education.
To him, excellence requires tenacity, a quest to surpass mediocrity, patience and overcoming of disappointments, tenderness and compassion of great persons.
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