Identity NDPC advised to incorporate Ghana’s cultural setting in its 40-year plan

According to Dr Wazi, there is the need to preserve the country’s culture and heritage even as it seeks to modernize the Ghanaian society through infrastructure and technology.

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A Senior Lecturer at the Archaeology and Heritage Studies Department at the University of Ghana, Dr. Apoh Wazi is urging the National Development Planning Commission to consider the cultural setting of the Ghanaian society as they map up a forty-year development plan for the country. 

According to Dr Wazi, there is the need to preserve the country’s culture and heritage even as it seeks to modernize the Ghanaian society through infrastructure and technology.

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He was commenting on a recent publication by Professor K. B. Asante on why development should not erase our past. 

“There is the need to incorporate the past in our development. Currently, there is this call of we having a national development plan and in all of these, we find out the developments are rented towards modernization. They are forgetting that all these development plans we are talking about are to be implemented within our cultural setting. So what I will emphasize is that, they should look at the cultural context of development,” he told Univers News.

“If it’s a road construction or modernization of the environment, we need to be mindful of the cultural context within which the developments are going to take place so as to preserve and document them, so that tomorrow, we will not have identity crisis,” Dr Wazi added.

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Director General of NDPC, Dr Nii Moi Thompson play

Director General of NDPC, Dr Nii Moi Thompson

 

The national development planning commission, headed by Dr. Nii Moi Thompson, launched the preparation of a long term development plan at a pomp ceremony.

The plan, spanning from 2018 to 2057, is the first ever long-term development agenda Ghana has ever had. It will bind governments to a vision lasting till the country turns 100 years as an independent nation.

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