Veep Dr. Bawumia advocates sound ethical foundation for future leaders

| Updated Apr 06, 2017 at 7:00am


Vice-President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia


Vice-President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia says raising the next generation of leaders with a solid foundation of ethics is essential for sustained, holistic national development.

Dr. Bawumia said this on Saturday, when joined past and present students of St. Augustine's College, Cape Coast, for their 87th Anniversary Celebration.

“The theme for the celebration was "Raising Ethical Leaders For Nation Building: The Pivot Role of Students.”

Dr. Bawumia underscored the need for the country to design a system that would encourage ethical behaviour to enable the government to operate efficiently.

The Vice-President said the country’s economy was largely informal which made it difficult for people to be identified, stressing, “We have to build an economy that will create jobs and empower the youth so that we can get into a new trajectory of transforming the country.”

“There are certain elements in every economic system that provides checks and balances. People generally do what the system allows them to do, so if you want ethical behavior, you have to design systems that would allow ethical behavior,” he added.

On education, the Vice-President said the rationale for the government’s free education policy was to build human capital which was a prerequisite for development.

He observed that one of the major problems confronting education was teacher motivation; for which reason the government had initiated a four-year program that included affordable housing and training for teachers and the restoration of teacher allowances.

Dr. Bawumia also announced that the government was setting up a national protecting project that would value all uncompleted projects in educational institutions to ensure their completion before the commencement of new ones.

Touching on the menace of galamsey, the Vice-President expressed concern about the activities of illegal miners which he said were destroying the environment and water bodies in communities.

According to him, the government will soon announce a policy to stamp out the threats, adding, “We will take a firm decision to stop this menace.”

The Headmaster of the college, Joseph Connel, appealed to the government to lift the ban on employment to enable the college to recruit non-teaching staff to enhance teaching and learning.

A medical practitioner, Professor Francis Werner Ekow Ofei, urged the school authority to involve students in decision making, arguing that such an initiative would boost their leadership roles