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Story by Edmond Gyebi, Tamale
The Mayor of Tamale, Alhaji Abdulai Haruna Friday, has admonished the youth of Ghana to rise up and fight against the gross disrespect for time among Ghanaians, which has immeasurably derailed the socio-economic fortunes of the country for far too long.
According to Alhaji Friday, Ghana, and for that matter Africa, would forever retrogress, unless conscious efforts were made to disabuse the mindset of the people, especially, those in higher positions and the upcoming youth, from the so-called “African Punctuality.”
Addressing a number of youth from the various Senior High schools, Teacher Training colleges and leaders of other youth groups in the three Northern regions at the opening of the Ghana’s version of ‘Youth in Governance’ here in Tamale, Alhaji Friday condemned people who attached little or no importance to time during important functions.
He however, challenged school authorities in Tamale, and for that matter the Northern Sector, to start prevailing on their students to respect time at all times.
The two day ‘Youth in Governance’ forum was organised by the Foundation for Security and Development in Africa (FOSDA), and supported by Ibis.
The Tamale Mayor however, encouraged the youth to be disciplined, respectful and patriotic in their daily endeavours.
He advised them to desist from succumbing to unnecessary pressures from politicians and other opinion leaders, who would supply them with weapons to foment trouble in society, citing the notorious criminal, Johnson Kombian, as an example of irresponsible youth.
According to Alhaji Friday, the government was fully committed to investing in Ghanaian youth to become responsible adults.
He therefore, appealed to the youth to also take their studies seriously, and climb higher on the educational ladder.
On her part, the Associate Director of FOSDA, Madam Afi Yakubu, called for the inclusion of the youth in all decision-making process at all levels.
According to her, the youth had the ability to offer constructive ideas that could bring about positive change in the country, and urged the leaders to always respect their views.
Madam Afi Yakubu also entreated the youth to stay away from violence, and channel their energies into productive ventures.
According to her, the FOSDA was committed to the promotion of human rights, security and sustainable peace in Africa, and the organisation’s resolve to fight against all forms of human rights abuses and proliferation of small arms.
She however, commended the government for paying special attention to the National Youth Policy, and therefore, encouraged the youth to get abreast with the full content of the document.
Meanwhile, the FOSDA and its partners have organised similar fora in Togo and Sierra Leone.