Editorial : Indiscipline is becoming a national security concern, let us face it

June 23, 2020 By 0 Comments

One major headache of the Ghanaian society is indiscipline. Indiscipline is an overt behaviour displayed in every corner of our society, irrespective of where one finds him or herself.

The Chronicle may say that every single individual on the street, at various workplaces, irrespective of age and/or demography, is guilty of indiscipline in one way or the other.

In The Chronicle’s view, indiscipline has got to a point where it is becoming a national security concern, and we must all start a conversation to find a lasting solution to the problem.

Last Saturday, the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) held its parliamentary primaries, and the outcomes in some areas were nothing good to write about.

An incumbent Member of Parliament was alleged to have been beaten up by military personnel while attempting to change the album to be used for the election.

Prior to the election, pockets of delegates were seen on various social media platforms casting spells and insinuations on the leadership of the party, for reasons best known to them.

What was witnessed on Saturday, June 20, 2020 is not peculiar to the ruling NPP, but also the opposition parties, especially the National Democratic Congress (NDC), where people take the law into their own hands to mete out bodily harm and verbal abuse to people they disagree with.

As the saying goes, coming events cast their shadows. With the December 2020 general elections just around the corner, the bad signals that we are witnessing in the various political party primaries should be nipped in the bud.

If the process of electing candidates is bedevilled with so much violence, then what will be the outcome of the general elections itself, where the larger population will be involved?

The indiscipline is too much, and those at the helm of affairs are also failing on their mandate to enforce the law. For instance, the citizens are “reckless” to the extent that when the traffic light is red, a “smart” driver would drive through. The worst scenario is when the lights are out and there are no Motor, Transport and Traffic Department (MTTD) personnel of the Ghana Police Service to direct the drivers.

The trader, who has been provided with a stall in the market, has all moved out onto the street to sell.

Per the design of nature, some areas were reserved to hold water (wetlands), but due to the act of indiscipline, all these areas are being encroached upon, and when it rains, millions of cedis meant for other developmental projects are diverted to fighting preventable disasters and saving lives.

Indiscipline in state institutions creates undue bureaucracies and unnecessary delays. The officer in charge of enforcing the law has been compromised due to indiscipline, as a result, Ghana is estimated to lose US$3 billion to corruption annually, according to Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII).

Imagine what this whopping amount would do to the development of this country.

Meanwhile, we the citizens have all signed a social contract with the State of Ghana to be law abiding, and to uphold and defend its good name.

The Chronicle sees indiscipline as security threat, because if these things continue the way they are now, people will begin to lose confidence in the systems set in place, and resort to their own means of finding justice.

We believe a national dialogue is needed now on how to address this canker.

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