The Chairman of National Tourism and Hospitality Exhibition Conference and Career Fair (NATHAFEST) Foundation, Mr. Goyimwole Enokomeko Kpodo, has expressed worry that Ghana had neglected family values and moral ethics.
He disclosed this at a forum to deliberate on the role of the family in nation building at the SWISSGHA Hotel in Accra.
The event brought together students from the Hotel and Tourism Management Institute, members of Progressive Hotel Association, Christian organisations and staff of the Ghana Tourism Authority.
Mr. Kpodo said that the family was a platform for training bringing up children, and urged parents to spend more time at home with their children to help them grow into responsible citizens.
“If the beginning is porous don’t expect the top to be solid. The values learnt from our family structure carries us to the adulthood,” he stressed.
The lack of love for one another and good neighborliness, he said were some of the fundamentals lacking in our society.
He said that family unity was based on honesty, discipline, love and the fear of God, and charged parents to introduce their children to these values.
“The environment shapes us but the family is that which is to guide us to portray a good image of the family and thus the nation,” he said, adding that the role of the family was very important and must be echoed in all walks of life.
Mr. Ennin emphasised that the lack of certain virtues in the family would have an impact on a citizen who had been entrusted with a responsibility in society.
Participants were allowed to ask questions mostly centred on punishment and its effects on children in their development stages.
By Dennis Kwame Amegede