Vote for humble, visionary candidates devoid of tribal, religious affiliations …Youth told
Some Ghanaian Youth on demonstration
The Executive Secretary of the National Media Commission (NMC), Mr George Sarpong, has asked Ghanaian youth not to allow the play-up of tribal politics, currently ongoing in the media space, to influence their voting decisions.
He noted that the current situation where the media describes the 2024 general election as a battle between two northerners was worrying and that the disturbing phenomenon should engage the attention of all peace-loving Ghanaians.
Addressing a durbar to climax the 80th anniversary of the Effiduase Senior High School (EFFISCO), Mr Sarpong said never in the history of Ghana had a contest between two presidential candidates from a particular geographical area or region been played-up in such a tribal or regionally biased manner.
“The ‘Northernisation’ of political candidates in the 2024 general election in the media is very worrying and needs urgent action of all Ghanaians,” he stated.
He said it was important to hype the qualities of the two candidates and what they had to offer.
“The danger I’m drawing attention to is in the subtlety of the messaging in labelling all these diverse cultures as ‘northerners’. It denies them social equity and limits their opportunity for accessing public office,” he stated.
Mr Sarpong, who is also an old student of the school, stressed the need for the youth to stand firm and vote for humble and visionary candidates, devoid of tribal or religious affiliations.
He advised the youth to see beyond the present; envision greatness, and set a purpose for their lives by choosing a leader with track records in the economic growth and development of the country.
The Headmaster of the school, Mr Ishaq Kyei-Brobbey, touching on academic progress, said the 2022 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) results reaffirmed the vision of the school as centre of excellence
Currently, the school has a student population of 3,581, comprising 1,787 males and 1,794 females, whilst the staff strength is 270, comprising 170 teaching staff and 100 non-teaching staff.
Awards were given to deserving students and staff members for their hard work.