Fourteen tertiary students have received scholarships from former President John Agyekum Kufour’s Scholars Programme (KSP).
Speaking at the ceremony, the former President bemoaned Africa’s poor leadership and urged the awardees to lead exemplary lives that will be beneficial to the country and the continent as a whole.
“The bane of African’s development has so far been poor leadership in the past. We have had too many people assume the leadership mantle especially in politics who have had very little training, preparation and comprehensive awareness of what their role entails.”
He thus charged the awardees to use the opportunity to also get to know and learn about the many divest challenges confronting Ghana.
According to him, the award will serve as a test of their leadership qualities and deepen their commitment to the well-being of citizens as pioneers of the scholarship programme.
“I urge you to prove yourselves worthy missionaries and ambassadors to serve as the stems on which branches will grow for the good of the nation and Africa.”
The Kufuor Scholars Programme aims at adding value to formal education at the tertiary level by providing specialized orientation through programmed mentorship, skills and experiential activities apart from giving annual stipends to beneficiaries.
The Kufuor Scholars Programme focuses on providing a specialized three-year transformational leadership preparation for Ghanaian youth, and targets young people in Ghanaian universities who have completed one year of studies.
The programme is expected to produce leaders who are innovative, imbued with a strong sense of patriotism, problem solvers, and creative thinkers who are knowledgeable in their respective fields of endeavor.
The Kufour Foundation hopes the programme becomes known for its excellence in grooming transformational leaders for the future.
By Philip Nii Lartey/citifmonline.com/Ghana