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04.01.2008 General News

Youth Urged To Be Development-Oriented

Mr Kwadwo Baah-Wiredu, Minister for Finance and Economic Planning, has implored the youth to assume responsible roles in developmental activities in their communities to ensure sustainable development across the country.
 He said the increasing apathy in developmental issues on the part of the youth was detrimental to sustainable development since they represented the future and called for an attitudinal change.
 The Finance Minister, who is also the Member of Parliament (MP) for Asante Akim North, was speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the Agogo Tertiary Students Union (ATSU) at Agogo last Monday.
The ceremony, which was on the theme: 'National and Community Development, the Role of the Tertiary Student' was among other things aimed at uniting tertiary students from Agogo to promote education in the community.
According to Mr Baah Wiredu, government had over the years introduced various policies geared towards empowering the youth to be self-motivated to contribute meaningfully to national development.
He challenged the youth to strive to be innovative and resourceful in their endeavours to impact positively on national development as future leaders. Mr Baah Wiredu underscored the need for the introduction of the airtime tax, which he said was aimed at creating jobs for the youth and called on Ghanaians to embrace the policy.
Mr George Frimpong, District Chief Executive (DCE), commended the students for the initiative and urged them not only to focus on education but also social and environmental issues.
He called for effective collaboration between various students unions in the District to present a vibrant front to pursue a common vision.   The DCE also entreated the Union to pursue pragmatic programmes devoid of politics.