ONE OF the aspiring presidential candidates of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr Kobina Arthur Kennedy has called on university students in the country to be shining examples in the quest for national development.
He urged students to ensure that among them, there was respect for all, regardless one's origin, political persuasion, ethnic or religious affiliation.
Dr Kennedy offered this exhortation at the 15th Annual Valco Hall week celebration at the University of Cape Coast (UCC) on Wednesday.
The celebration was on the theme, “Attaining Economic Independence Beyond 50 years: The Role of the Industrialist”.
University students, he said, had a lot to contribute to the country, therefore it was high time they did away with their differences and forged ahead.
Dr Kennedy recalled that when in 1965, Dr J.B. Danquah died in jail, a student of the Commonwealth Hall boldly asked that evening for a moment of silence in his memory.
Though he was consequently detained for this till the 1966 coup took place, he said this was a clear indication that university students could help in the good governance of the country.
He therefore urged the students to get involved in politics, to make them more responsive to public issues.
“Please go into our politics and assist in building the great nation that we wish to build,” he virtually pleaded.
Dr Arthur expressed concern about how a lot of innovative ideas from students had gone waste due to the unavailability of a nurturing environment in the country.
According to him, in partnership with university administrators, faculties, government and businesses, students could turn the universities into business incubation centers.
He encouraged the students to nevertheless focus on their education and research into problems that affected people, and touted that when something promising had been found, there should be processes and resources in place for turning these promising ideas into products that would form the basis of profitable business.
The hall master, Dr Daniel Okae-Anti officially launched the hall's website.