- Former president Jerry Rawlings has urged Ghanaians to be patriotic and protect the environment
- He bemoaned the destruction on the environment by Ghanaians
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Ghana’s former president Jerry John Rawlings is lamenting the lack of patriotism by Ghanaians.
According to the National Democratic Congress (NDC) founder, the growing lack of patriotism by Ghanaians counts as the country's biggest challenge currently.
Speaking at the 75th-anniversary platinum awards ceremony of the Ghana Mine Workers Union (GMWU) in Accra, the former president sighted the illegal mining menace as a classic example to buttress his point.
"Entire rivers have been destroyed by the senseless and unbridled abuse caused by greed, unpatriotic attitudes and the failure of mining supervisory agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the security agencies to enforce the laws.
“The problem of this brazen abuse is collective,” he fumed.
Mr. Rawlings also bemoaned the failure of successive governments and weak institutions at ensuring the environment is protected.
He also accused the traditional and local leaders of being complicit in destroying the environment.
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“Until the average Ghanaian recognises the need to show responsibility, first to himself, family and environment, we will continue to experience economic, social and political poverty," the former president said.
He appealed to Ghanaians to impact society in a positive manner and perform a deep introspection of what the citizens can do for Ghana and not what Ghana can do for them.
The one-week commemoration was to remember the unfortunate demise of the budding Ghanaian footballer. The event was attended by late Baptista’s family, friends, school mates and sympathizers.
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