By Phyllis D. Osabutey
THE SENIOR Programme Officer of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS), Mr. Isaac Owusu-Mensah has urged the youth of Ghana to work hard in their various fields of endeavour, and especially in their political capacities, as a contribution to sustain the democratization process of Ghana.
According to him, the political system is the nucleus of all the systems of the country, hence the breakdown of the political would have a detrimental effect on education, economic, social and all other systems of the country.
Thus, the youth, who are the future leaders of the country, have to play an active role in the political process, with regard to political uprightness, helping to ensure peace at all times, and accountability in the general democratization process.
Mr. Owusu-Mensah was speaking as a special guest at a strategic planning workshop of the Youth Wing of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in Tamale, in the Northern Region, from November 24 to 26.
He continued that the youth must be vigilant in their political activities, and not allow self-seeking politicians to mislead them into actions that would only derail the country in its democratic process.
He, therefore, appealed to them to be tolerant of other peoples’ views, particularly that of other political parties, and help educate their colleagues on the need to eschew violence in any given situation, but join hands to propel the peace and development of the country.
He also encouraged them to “take education seriously, and upgrade your skills and intellect in relevant fields, especially in leadership, and in readiness to take over the leadership of the country in the near future.”
The flag bearer of the NPP, Nana Akufo-Addo said the youth must not be apathetic in the affairs of the country, because they have a great stake in its development, through their political participation.
He noted that the youth of Ghana played significant roles in Ghana’s struggle for independence and subsequent elections, saying “these roles have not declined, but must be rigorously and vigorously pursued.”
He, therefore, reminded the youth that currently, they constitute the highest percentage of the voter population, and consequently would determine the future of the party and the fortunes of the country as well.
This, therefore, demands that they increase their involvement in the democratization process and also help restore power to the party in the 2012 elections, so as to continue the good works of the NPP administration, he emphasized.
Also, the National Chairman of the party, Mr. Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey urged his party youth to get an understanding of the party ideology, and work with its core value of fairness, in terms of access to basic social services.
This, he pointed out, was the rationale and the driving force of NPP government under President John Agyekum Kufuor, which brought in various social interventions such as the National Health Insurance Scheme and the School Feeding Programme, among others.
He emphasized that the party continues to champion the philosophy of property owning democracy, because “every human being, whether skilled, semi-skilled and or unskilled aspires to own one form of property or another in his or her life. The taxi driver has a vision of owing his own taxi just as the hair dresser apprentice also aspires to have her own shop or saloon in future, and a farm hand will like to own his farm.”