The Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications, Kenneth Ashigbey, has asked Ghanaian youth to embrace social virtues and abhor social vices in order that they can contribute to the socio-economic and religious development of the country.
Addressing hundreds of Christian youth of the Roman Catholic Church the during the 3rd Biennial Laity Delegates congress of the Navrongo-Bolgatanga Diocesan Laity Council held in Bolgatanga, Mr. Ashigbey, also a staunch catholic by faith, observed that social vices are eating deep into the morale core of Ghanaian youth and if not addressed, will impact negatively on their future and the future of the country.
According to him, the advancement of technology though meant to make life better for mankind, users are now abusing it and as a result, it is now breeding social vices such as cyber fraud. He also believes some families and marriages are broken down especially in the so-called advanced countries due to inappropriate use of technology.
In his bid to challenge to youth of the church to imbibe in them the value and history of the Catholic Church, Mr. Ashigbey charged them to read a lot about the church. This, he said they can by simply surfing the internet with their smart phones instead of using same devices for exploring things that do not benefit them but rather lead them into engaging in social vices.
Mr. Ashigbey also said some leaders including parents and teachers who exercise authority over others in society but are engaged in corrupt practices must put a stop to it because if the trend continues, it will have dire consequences on the next generation.
Held under the theme: ‘The role of the church and family in curbing social vices among the youth of today,’ the congress drew participants from Navrongo, Bolgatanga, Bawku and other parts of the region that fall under the diocese.
The chairman of the Diocesan Laity Council of the Navrongo-Bolgatanga Diocese of the Catholic Church Irenious Angso, in an interview with A1 NEWS said the church is worried about the increasing level of social vices among the youth of the church and the nation at large thus the choice of theme for the congress.
Mr. Angso said the church is putting in place measures to address the worrying trend disclosing that the diocese recently launched an entrepreneurial development skills project to train most of the unemployed youth especially those without skills as well as school dropouts to in order that they can make a living for themselves and their families. Interventions such as this, he believes will contribute significantly to curbing social vices among the youth.
His Lordship, Most Rev. Alfred Agyenta, Catholic Bishop of Navrongo-Bolgatanga was the Guest of honour.