The Eastern Regional Minister, Eric Kwakye Daffour, has charged Ghanaians to be patriotic in upholding the cultural values of Ghana, rather than adapting what he described as alien foreign cultures.
According to the Minister, even though he acknowledged that culture is dynamic, he expressed worry over the way Ghanaians, particularly the youth, have allowed the infiltration of foreign cultural practices into ours.
He explained that the adaptation of this can affect us, and it is important that we uphold our rich culture which has been handed down to us through our ancestral heritage, and take cognisance of its vitality and values.
The Eastern Regional Minister averred that, if we, as citizens, are able to imbibe the positive values, we would be better equipped to build a vibrant and multi-cultural society, which will be formidable to stand the rest of the time.
He made this assertion when delivering a speech at the Regional Festival of Art and Culture (REFAC) 2018 held at the Jubilee Park in Koforidua on Friday.
Eric Kwakye Daffour further took advantage of the programme to urge Ghanaians to support the President of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo, in the fight against illegal mining, locally known as galamsey, in Ghana.
According to the Minister, the country is losing its natural resources, which were protected by our forefathers in their perfect status, but have been negatively affected by the act of illegal mining.
He disclosed that “unfortunately, for some time now, the natural resources in the region are being exploited in an unbridled, unregulated and irresponsible manner, which has put the region on the path of serious environmental degradation.”
To this end, he called on Ghanaians, and in particular areas where the act of illegal mining has taken a crescendo, to join hands and support the President in the fight against galamsey.