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Prof. Wisdom Akpalu

Look beyond politics and ethnic groups in critical decisions — Prof. Akpalu

GHANAIANS HAVE been urged to look beyond political and ethnic considerations in all critical decisions.

Professor Wisdom Akpalu made the call at the Second Edition of the Annual Emotional Intelligence Africa Summit 2019 that took place at Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) on Thursday, November 14.

The Dean of the School of Research and Graduate Studies, GIMPA, was speaking on the theme: ‘Building National Character of the New Ghanaian: the Role of Emotional Intelligence’.

Professor Akpalu, who doubles as the President of Africa Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, bemoaned the current situation in Ghana where the people get sharply divided on political, tribal and ethnic lines.

Mr. James Kwesi Addison

He explained the fact that political, tribal and ethnic considerations are now openly applied in job acquisition, educational opportunities, choosing marriage partners, dispensing of justice, and voting for representatives of political parties, among others, and warned that “until we get to a point where we look beyond politics,tribes and ethnic groups in all critical decisions that we make in this country, we cannot break the chain of poverty and inequality, social vices, and   corruption among the elites, including religious leaders.”

Prof. Akpalu further observed that “we have never had any impressive national character, and we cannot have any such thing in our lifetime until a leader emerges who is willing to sacrifice a significant portion of the unfettered powers accorded him by our constitution. In short, we need a selfless leadership.”

According to the Dean of Graduate Studies, one of the building blocks for an impressive national character is having strong institutions but this has been difficult for the nation because the poor-quality institutions favour the political elites and powerful people in society, by making it possible for them to literally get away with wrongdoings, hence they have no motivation to improve the quality of such institutions.

Professor Akpalu questioned the speakers and participants, including traditional leader, civil servants and students, whether the future of the country is brighter.

He echoed the fact that “somehow we are in the state of cognitive dissonance. We know the right things, we complain about them, but we fail to be part of the solution and most of us have lost our sense of sympathy and are less motivated to take a good stock of our actions.

“We need emotional intelligence now than ever before.”

Participants

The Nation’s first internationally qualified emotional intelligence coach and the summit host, Mr. James Kwesi Addison, underscored the need for a national character to serve as a wheel and strength “so that Ghana does not waver for this will foster and strengthen our national identity”.

“It is imperative we build the next generation to be people with an impressive national character and we cannot be successful in this if we leave out the development of emotional intelligence capabilities,’’ he added.

Mr Addison gave the assurance that Addison International Center for Emotional Intelligence, his outfit, would continue to offer its best in making sure that Ghanaians in particular and Africans in general become capable of overcoming the challenges the continent faced, using emotional intelligence.

The Emotional Intelligence Africa Summit is an annual Pan-Africa event dedicated to building emotional capital under the auspices of the Addison International Center for Emotional Intelligence, otherwise known simply as Addison International.

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