The author of the books addressing his audience at the launch.
General Secretary of the Alliance For Accountable Governance (AFAG), a pressure group, Arnold Boateng last Wednesday launched two books at a short but colorful ceremony held at the British Council in Accra.
The books titled, ‘The Dreams of Our Youth’ and ‘African Youth Question’ seek to bring to the fore the plight of the youth in Africa.
The books also seek to remind African leaders that numerous conflicts could be resolved on the African continent by providing meaningful jobs for the youth.
Mr. Boateng, in his address, said the numerous problems facing the continent such as civil wars, starvation, sickness, were due to the greed of African leaders.
He also described African leaders as ‘major devils’ hindering the dreams of Africa and its youth.
The author accused the clergy and the media of being directly responsible for Africa’s woes.
He said, ‘If the media will educate the public, the people will know the truth and fight for their right.’
The media, he said, has not done enough to educate the public.
The author said that ‘all the money from GYEEDA and other funds should be saved in a special account where the youth who have the skills to set up their own businesses but lack the capital can go for assistance since the government alone cannot provide jobs for them all.’
The guest of honour for the occasion, Omanhene of Amoaman Nana Agyenim Boateng, for his part, expressed optimism that the books would help members of the public to address the continent’s developmental challenges and serve as a repository of knowledge for academia and society at large.
He urged the youth to align themselves with organizations that are focused on the empowerment of young people in order to address challenges facing them instead of waiting for government.
By Felix Kwasi Aboagye.
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