Nana Ama Dokua Asiamah Adjei, Deputy Minister of Information, has asked Ghanaians to live up to their responsibilities instead of accusing leaders of wrong doing.
She said it was only when people in their various endeavours including those in governance, strived to be upright and law abiding, that the nation could move forward in success.
The Deputy Minister said this, when she opened a two-day Photo Exhibition, which was organised by the Graphic Communications Group limited(GCGL), on Tuesday in Accra.
Touching on the exhibition which amongst others, depicted the contributions made by people in various fields of endeavour towards the country’s development over the last 60 years in pictures, Madam Adjei said they caused one to reflect on the efforts by our predecessors towards building the nation.
“Sixty years ago, Ghana made a transition from colonialism to independence and self-governance. These pictures give us a chance to reflect on the toils involved with our struggle for freedom.
“They depict who we are now, what we stand for and what we believe in,” she said.
The Deputy Minister said as citizens who played different roles in various capacities, towards the country’s well being, there was the need for to leave indelible prints in the annals, so that 60 years on, the country’s future leaders, would also have some words of praise and admiration for us.
She commended both the past and present management of the GCGL for the initiative.
Mr Kenneth Ashigbey, the Managing Director of the GCGL, said as Ghana celebrated its 60th anniversary, it was ideal to have a photo exhibition to that effect.
He said people who witnessed “these moments” would re-live them, whilst those who were unborn would have the opportunity to know about what took place a number of years ago.
Mr Ashigbey said the photo exhibition was expected to awaken patriotism, and get people to want to give off their best towards national growth.
“Leadership is not about positions but our ability to effect positive change. As we see in the photos, a group of people fought for a cause at the peril of their lives and comfort,” he said.
Mr Ashigbey said there was the need for leaders of the present age to strive and ensure, that 60 years on, the country’s achievements would be outstanding.
Professor Stephen Adei, former Rector of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration and Main Speaker for the occasion, said it was unfortunate that the country’s leaders after independence, had carried on with what he termed, the strong man syndrome.
“One after the other, they left a legacy of strong men and weak institutions,” he said.
Prof Adei said for sustainable development to be achieved, the country needed “transformational leaders”, who concentrated on building strong institutions.
He commended the GCGL’s initiative and said whilst the country had made remarkable progress after 60 years, it was important to consolidate the gains made and also continue to develop as a nation.
Dubbed: “60 Years of Independence Through The Lens of Graphic, the photo exhibition,” it seeks to tell the history of Ghana over the past 60 years, in pictures that highlight major political and social events of national essence.