Grace Princess Tarwo, GNA
Accra, Oct. 5, GNA –
Former President Jerry John Rawlings has urged the youth not to compromise
their “energy of youthfulness” since that constituted their power.
He said, “Your energy
as a youth is your power”, and that, they should take their destiny into their
Mr Rawlings was
speaking at the closing of a three day United Nations Youth Summit in Accra.
The occasion was under
the theme “Mobilizing and uniting Ghanaian youth in active participation
towards achieving global goals for sustainable development.”
Rawlings noted that, the contribution of the youth towards the growth of Africa
had become limited because of socio-economic factors and advised the youth to
manage their lives well instead of manipulating the society.
He told the youth to
set standards and use their brains to be creative and strive for excellence
and also to use the power of their
imagination to solve challenges facing them, saying that, no amount of money
should change their fundamental values and principles.
“My love for freedom
and justice is unquenchable and that is what you are endowed with as young
people” he said.
Mr Rawlings, who used
the platform to talk about the Geopolitics of the world, said the subject
should be learnt by the youth to enable them to know how things really work,
especially when it comes to dealing with the western powers.
He said it was proper
for the youth to know their strengths and control it well to become great
future leaders of the nation, adding that, they should be bold and fight
corruption as well as upholding integrity.
He commended the
President Nana Akufo-Addo for promoting gender equality by accepting women in
his government, saying that, justice would only be served in Africa when women
are given their rightful places.
In attendance were
student unions from some public universities, consultants, entrepreneurs and
the general public.