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24.02.2007 General News

'Let Mistakes Of Forebearers Be Your Guide'

By A. A. Mbord, Bolgatanga

GHANAIAN youth have been exhorted to be guided by mistakes of their forebearers as Ghana celebrates its Golden Jubilee.

The mistakes should offer them, the opportunity to chart new paths as future leaders.

Mr James Daud Abangos, Upper East Regional Co-ordinator of the National Youth Council, made the call at a symposium organised by 'Coalition of Liberal Youth (CLY), as part of celebrations marking Ghana @50 celebrations here yesterday.

The symposium by CLY which is now the official event managers of Ghana @50 youth programmes for the year was under the theme: 'The significance of Ghana’s Independence: A Youth Renaissance.'

Mr Abangos lamented that the majority of Ghanaian youth were blindly copying foreign cultures which does not augur well for their preparations to take-over as future leaders. He, therefore, appealed to them to turn-over a new leaf.

Speaking on the topic 'Political tolerance, the youth as a vehicle of hope for Ghana,' Mr Kingsley Krugu, Executive Director, Youth Harvest Foundation, noted that a look beyond the borders of this nation gives Ghanaians good reason to be proud to be Ghanaians.

This, he explained, is because within the West African sub-region, Ghana presents a beacon of hope for political stability and industrial revolution.

'At the same time, we can look back with deep sorrow at the fact that we virtually wasted a quarter of our life as an independent nation in senseless and brutal military overthrows, a conflict that has caused irreparable damage to the future of our youth population.'

He, therefore, called on each youngster to be willing to assist in governance by making positive suggestions now and more importantly positive criticisms by being tolerance at other people’s views so as to put the past behind us.

Mr Mike Fuoh, Deputy Upper East Regional Director of the National Commission on Civic Education (NCCE), noted that the relevance of Ghana’s 50th Independence anniversary to the youth, provides them the opportunity to trace the history of our political struggle before independence and after.

'Furthermore, it would inform or remind us of some of the errors of the past which could have been avoided and serve as a guide for our future development,' he said.

Mr Samuel K. Frimpong, Executive Secretary of the Coalition of Liberal Youth (CLY), observed that despite the fact that there had been difficult times during the past 50 years, 'we should also not forget that there had also been good times for which we must celebrate.'

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