The industrial City King, Dr. Nii Adjei Kraku ll, has proposed himself for an interesting role as an Ambassador of Ghana’s main national emblem – the National Flag.
In an exclusive interview he granted in Tema on wednesday, he said he has developed a strong sense of national duty to protect and sanitize the red, gold and green national colours because of wretched treatment that that emblem has come to suffer at the hands of fellow citizens.
“it has been said several times that low levels of patriotism and national love can best be seen in the long train of our youth who queue before embassies of foreign nations in our country ready to leave, but I disagree; I think that the pathetic levels of low patriotism can better be seen in the way we treat our national flag.
“Just go around our public institutions, including those at Ministries and see how the National Flag is treated…it is very sad,” Nii lamented.
Among others, he said that worn out, torn and seriously disheveled pieces of the flag are a common sight around the country, a situation that he says does not augur well for the image of the country.
He lamented that the kind of shabby treatment being given the national flag is a recent phenomenon that has come to characterize the absolute lack of national love.
“During the days of our true national heroes, especially Kwame Nkrumah, we gave the flag the respect that it deserved, but unfortunately, those days seem to have now been lost on us,” Nii lamented.
He said that if he is made a brand ambassador of the flag, he will work to restore its dignity and make it a rallying point for the restoration of patriotism around the country.
“Look around at nations which have strong national cohesion and sense of nationality, like the USA and you would realize that their flag is a highly respected emblem that immediately evokes solemnness when it is raised. It used to be like that in Ghana as well…I want those days back.”
Meanwhile, Nii has also congratulated the former first couple of the land, President Rawlings and Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings for being what he said, ambassadors of the sanctity of marriage.
According to him, the love that was on display at the recent commemoration of the 70th birthday of Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings was very heartwarming and exemplary. “The former firs gentleman and lady of the land have shown all of us that true love is still possible in these days of unfaithfulness.
“I will urge all of us, especially the youth to learn from the first couple and endeavour to improve the current situation where marriages collapse even just after weeks,” Nii said.
Earlier in the day, Nii was a guest of honour at the commissioning of a Fire Service Station around the Tema Motorway Roundabout. The event had been headlined by the Presiding Member of the Tema Metropolitan Assembly, Mr. Joseph Korto and also attended by the Municipal Chief Executive of Ashaiman, Mr. Albert Okyere.
Nii’s appearance has since quelled some very foul rumours that had earlier emerged to the effect that he had passed on.