General News of Friday, 6 March 2015
President John Mahama has charged Africans to strive for economic freedom through research in science and technology.
According to him, it is not enough for the continent to continue rejoicing over its political freedom when many Africans are living in poverty and squalor.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the 8th Pan African Congress in Accra, President Mahama asked Africans to “recognize that our economic freedom has not yet translated into tangible security and independence.”
He said the situation presents a new phase of our “struggle to create the Africa that we want.”
Mahama therefore advised African leaders to struggle for the kind of economic freedom that “ensures prosperity, decency and dignity” to Africans.
The three- day- congress which was attended by former African Union Chairman Thomas Yayi Boni, Prime Minister of Equatorial Guinea Vincete Ehate Tomi and representatives of other African leaders focused on effective ways of building an integrated continent and also pool resources that will inure to the benefit of Africans.
This is not the first time President Mahama has asked Africans to fight for their economic independence.
In 2014, President John Mahama made a passionate appeal to African leaders to strive to restructure their economies as a way of taking their economic destinies into their own hands.
The President made the appeal when he spoke as a guest speaker at the London School of Economics, Africa Summit in London.
President Mahama called for a radical restructuring of African economies whilst encouraging policies that promotes and supports entrepreneurship on the continent.
“The Challenges that now face African entrepreneurs are actually vestiges’ of our colonialism and the only way these challenges could be surmounted is if government work in partnership with the private sector to break out of these patterns and continue to create new paradigms,” he indicated.