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Aside the cocktail party hosted by the President of Ghana, His Excellency Mr. John Dramani Mahama, for the members of Diplomatic Corps at the presidential retreat of Peduase Lodge on Wednesday, February 5, 2014; the Secretary General of the All Africa Students Union (AASU), Mr. Awaah Fred, hailed the Government of Ghana for all its developmental efforts particularly the manner in which it is making education accessible to the majority by the massive constructions of schools all over the country.

The occasion is an annual event that offered the opportunity of exchange of New Year greetings and ideas between the President and the member of the Diplomatic Corps.

Mr. Awaah recounted the historical role Ghana had played in the liberation of the continent from the shackle of colonialism by supporting the then liberation movements and the formation of the Organization African Unity (OAU) now the African Union (AU). He pointed out that the African continent is going through very challenging times with numerous conflicts occurring in many countries. These situations, in the view Mr. Awaah, pose the issues of the viabilities of the current African countries.

Africa, according to Mr. Awaah, needs to come together as a matter of urgency to be able to thwart these battles with their cohorts of dead, displaced, refugees and massive infrastructural destructions among others and to attain rapid and sustainable development. To successfully achieve this noble task, the continent must have the requisite leadership, added the Secretary General of AASU. He, therefore, calls on Ghana to revisit its history and take up the challenge to help our continent to come out of its current difficulties and take its rightful place in world affairs.

He urged the Government of Ghana and for that matter all African countries to pursue genuine reforms and democratization of education based on our socio-cultural, historical and geographical realities. Our educational systems should be able to produce not only employable graduates but future visionary, selfless and committed leaders, he concluded.

Edward Adeti
(Journalist, Ghanaian Times)

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