By: Kingsley Sky Dogbey
Eric Dogbey, a staff of Atidzive D/A Junior High School (JHS) in the Volta Region, on the occasion of the 2016 annual Constitution week/Citizenship Day Celebration, has lauded Ghana’s ace investigative Journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, for his unique style of journalism.
The day was aimed at creating awareness among the youth, of social and political indiscipline, such as environmental abuse and degradation, corruption, Violence, mental abuse, disrespect for the elderly and the rule of law.
This was contained in a speech delivered on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at the school premises. The memorial occasion, was also an avenue to encourage the youth to learn useful lessons from their role models, to enable them become good citizens and leaders in the future.
The occasion was under the theme, “My Ghana: The Power Of One”, which emphasized the power of individual to effect change and help create a vibrant and stronger democratic disciplined in Ghana.
Addressing the youth, Mr. Eric Dogbey, aka, Sony, indicated that fire was a good servant, but can also be a bad master too.
Last year, between the months of October and December, he said, during harmattan, there were various cases of fire outbreaks in the country, which led to the loss of lives and properties, farm produce and several tree plantations got burnt.
The rampant abuse of the forest, he said could result in famine and could affect the rainfall pattern in the country.
He cautioned the youth against violence, especially in an election year like this. Violence, in the world, is as a result of indiscipline.
You don’t have to fight to be a man; this is because, when one indulges in violence, he or she becomes a prisoner, wanted by the law or dead.
He added that, wars of Nations are fought to change maps, while wars of poverty are fought to map change.
Heroes he said, have not lost their lives through violence, but rather fought a good fight for their countries and humanity.
it is why noble names like, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, J.J Rawlings, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jnr, Jomo Kenyatta , Muammar Gaddafi, and Robert Mugabe among others, can never be forgotten in the world.
He cautioned the youth not to turn their play grounds into battle field, since politics is not war, but rather, they should learn to tolerate one another, to avoid the ugly incidents that befell many countries, as a result of violence, whether social or political.
According to him, the youth have been polluted by what people say that, corruption is as old as Adam.
He advised them, not to be encouraged by it, because there were no shortcuts to stardom, emphasizing that destiny delayed is not denied.
It is paramount to be diligent in everything they do, and in God’s own time; the youth shall become what they were created for.
There are teachers, Lawyers, Doctors, Judges, Journalists, accountants and presidents among you, he told the gathering.
He quoted Josea 19:9, where it spoke about corruption, as in the days of Gibeah. God will remember their wickedness and punish them, because corruption was a sin, even in the days of Adam.
He expressed resentment about how the youth misuse their precious time, in spite of seeing it as a resource that is available to them.
As a student, all you need is your books. This is because; obtaining good grades is never magical. Education is the only possible key to opening the door of success, but can easily be thwarted by indulging in peer group influence.
“A bad attitude is like a flat tyre. You cannot go anywhere with it, until you change it”, he advised.
Even though Bob Marley was a legend, he said, it is not every Rastafarian who smokes wee. Lucky Philip Dube of blessed memory was a perfect example he cited, and urged the youth not to choose just anybody as a role model.
He also noted that disobedience, have eaten deep into the youth so much that, the youth of today, have no respect for the elderly, let alone the rule of law.
According to him, during his youthful days, a child cannot look an elderly in the eye, but the introduction of western culture, has destroyed all the values we used to hold dear.
Students are holding Android cell phones, while teachers and the elderly, use common phones, such as Nokia 3310.
Even in basic or JHS, a greater percentage of the youth or students are on whatsApp. Interestingly, some these advance phones, were being provided to the students by their own parents, who wants the best out of their wards.
As a youth or people, he said, you become a slave, anytime you misuse your freedom.
He advised the youths to abide by the law and challenge their potentials, because until that is done; they will never know they are more than what they think they are.