Psychologists urged to develop attitude towards research for nation building

The Psychology Department of the University of Ghana, Legon, has held a grand durbar to commemorate its golden jubilee anniversary in Accra.

In a keynote address, the Vice Chancellor of the Central University, Prof. Bill Poplampu, said, there is the need for psychologists to embrace the attitude of researching human behavior. He was speaking on the topic “Democracy, Bureaucracy, Citizens and the Psychologist”.

He said psychologists need to research on a particular adverse behavior in society and come out with solutions to address such problem.

“Certain problems turn to undermine the bureaucratic rules of the country which needs thorough research in addressing the problem,” he added.

He said psychologists need the habit of investigating certain behaviors and attitudes in society as their contributions to national development.

“Psychologist are those who can properly investigate the value systems and attitudes of people to attain a certain level of behavioral change in society,” he stated.

He said though human behavior involves different mechanisms, psychologists must take it upon themselves to outline some topics in human behavior and research on them accordingly.

“Psychologist needs to do proper investigation on some attitudes in society, especially those that are common to us and come out with recommendations to curb them,” he reiterated.

He said the attitude of corruption in the Ghanaian system can be addressed when psychologists research on what drives society in engaging in corrupt practices and the difficulty in tackling the issue.

He was optimistic that psychology will be able to contribute tremendously to nation building in the near future through research and development.

He therefore called on government to financially support researchers, to enable them come out with better findings and solutions.

“Government must fund research work throughout the period of researching to enable them adequately conduct good research and come out with solutions comparable to that of the western world,” he hinted.

He further expressed his gratitude towards the idea of infrastructure development in the department and urged authorities to work assiduously in achieving that objective which he claimed, has been long overdue.

He also called on other Alumnus to come support the department to address the challenges facing the department.

The durbar also witnessed the launch of the department’s alumni association. The executives of the association include Dr. Wiafe Akenteng as the President, Francis Danyi as Vice President, Dr. Inusah Nasuru as Secretary, Dr. Mabel Oti Buadu as the Public relations officer, Agyemqn Badu Collins as Programmes Coordinater, among others.

Source: Eric Nii Afla Sackey

 

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