‘Government Alone Cannot Spearhead Development’

A national reawakening is needed to change the mindset of Ghanaians that only government can spearhead development.

The Executive Chairman of the US Group of Companies, Chief Godfred Medicine, says it is time for Ghanaians to strive to do something for their country “and not to look out for what our country can do for us”.

He said this at the inauguration of the national headquarters of the US Group of Companies at Nungua in Accra. Chief Medicine, who never minces words about the capability of the Ghanaian and largely the African, said the African was not inferior to any race but was capable of achieving anything.

“Change can only come from us and from within. The youth must believe in themselves and build Ghana, as self-dependency is the only way to make it,” he said. The structure will accommodate subsidiaries of the US Group, such as US Drinking Water, US Tilapia, US Real Estate, US Transport, training institutions and US Money Lending.

The occasion also coincided with the cutting of the sod for the construction of the international headquarters of the Medicine Group of Companies where over 600,000 youth would be trained in various vocations.

The construction work is expected to be completed in December this year. He said the building and the various enterprises it housed symbolised a commitment to create possibilities and a manifestation of hard work and determination to live the African and the Ghanaian dream.

The Chief Executive of the KAMA Group, Dr Michael Agyekum, urged the youth to take advantage of the current entrepreneurship era and come up with innovations and not to look up to the government for jobs because the duty of the government was to create an enabling environment.

“It is unfortunate to see students move around with certificates looking for jobs. Entrepreneurship is the order of the day. This is the time for visionaries, dreamers and inventors,” he added.