30 November 2012

Ghana: Visiting German Lauds Ghana's Social Order

A visiting German Sales Executive has lauded Ghana's social order seen as real, and a contributing factor to the stability she has enjoyed all these years. Ms. Claudia Newiger, who stays for a month on each visit every year for the past four years, says the base of Ghana's prosperity is peace.

She was enthused about the peaceful co-existence of Muslims and Christians, a situation she said must jealously be guarded to avoid the experience of Boko Haram in Nigeria.

She said Ghana is a great land. "Ghana is peaceful, as its people are hospitable. Indeed, Ghana is a paradise. Ghana is culturally rich, nature is beautiful and environment clean compared to other developing countries like Thailand, Philippines and India," she noted in a chat with The Chronicle in Kumasi.

Ms. Newiger has, therefore, urged Ghanaians to make every effort at maintaining its social values by preserving its rich culture.

She urged Ghanaians to be proud of their culture, historical background and festivals, and live them in order to resist the temptation of adulteration by foreign cultures.

She expressed the need for Ghana to be properly sold to the outside world to attract investors and developing partners, who abound in Germany, to consolidate the rich cultural values.

According to her, Ghana's ambassadors have done very little to sell the country abroad, and urged Ghanaians resident abroad to join to paint the real picture of her potentials to the world.

"All that outsiders know about Ghana is that Ghana is peaceful," she indicated, and said it was time potential investment drives were made known for investors to explore.

Ms. Newiger advised that educated Ghanaians who had come to terms with the realities in Europe must educate the youth back home to disabuse their minds of an easy life abroad.

The Sales Representative said it was time Africans were told the truth that it was not rosy to sojourn to Europe to seek greener pastures amid stressful conditions, since those there were not even happy.

The way out, Ms. Newiger suggested, was for the Ghanaian youth to strive to build on the social values to attract investors, particularly Germans, to explore the potentials of available resources and help improve the lot of Ghanaians.

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