Pursue Vision Of Leaders- Hannah Tetteh
The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Hannah Tetteh, has challenged delegates at the Third African Students and Youth Summit to work towards achieving the vision of current African leaders when they take over the mantle of leadership.
She said it was important for the youth within the African continent to converge and deliberate on issues affecting the continent in order to help eliminate obstacles which hindered national development.
Mrs Tetteh mentioned this in an address on her behalf at the opening of the summit held by the All African Students Union (ASSU) on Wednesday, in Accra.
The summit which was under the subject, ‘The African Renaissance: Looking back to move forward,’ brought together 11 member countries to deliberate on developmental issues of the continent including efforts targeted at achieving the Millennium Development Goals.
The minister noted that the summit was an opportunity for the youth of different African decent to share their experiences on how to improve the socio-economic as well as cultural and infrastructural challenges the continent was faced with.
‘This is an opportunity for us to look back at how far we have come as a continent and consider ways by which Africa can become a continent free of poverty, unemployment, disease and other problems impeding development.’ Mrs. Tetteh cited.
On this account, she encouraged the union to put aside their own challenges and devise more effective strategies to help promote unity, socio-economic, political and cultural integration of the youth within the continent.
Cynthia Prah, information officer, United Nations Information Centre, also submitted that the achievement of the MDGs was on course but there was an uneven progress at attaining them in certain regions of the continent.
She nonetheless reminded the association to include issues affecting persons with disabilities in their deliberations so their voices could be heard on the international front.
She also advised them to monitor the international scene and put in much effort in order bring about the desired change.
The youth were also admonished not be dependent on leaders to build their future but apply knowledge and become creative in addressing some of the challenges to transform negative conditions of the continent.
By Ernest Nutsugah
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