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18.05.2007 General News

C/R Minister advises youth on engaging with politicians

By Kwabena Amankwah

The Central Regional Minister, Nana Ato Arthur, has cautioned the youth to beware of politicians who seek to engage them for counter-productive activities in pursuit of their personal agenda.

Nana Ato Arthur believes any politician who claims to have the interest of the youth at heart would rather seek to harness their youthful exuberance and energies for productive ventures that promote the good of society.

"That's why I"m urging the youth to beware of diabolical politicians who [may] seek to use them to cause confusion in society, and carry out evil activities against people who don't share their interests," the Minister stressed in his address at the Awards Night and Handing over ceremony of the Students for Democratic Development at the weekend.

The Minister was honoured for his commitment to the activities of the group. The citation described him as "a key advocate of democracy and good governance," praising him for his tolerance towards people from all walks of life irrespective of their political affiliations.

Nana Arthur urged the group to promote dialogue among political parties in the country, as a means of deepening the nation's democratic development, adding "with the dividends of democracy visibly seen by all, lets all resolve and seek effective ways to ensure that coup d'etats remain a thing of the past."

Prof Agyeman, lecturer at the Sociology Department of the University of Cape Coast, who chaired the function, noted that "Ghana, under the able leadership of President Kufuor, has shown that we are capable of becoming the beacon of democracy in Africa." He, therefore, urged the SDD members to provide the platform for students to tolerate the views of one another, stressing that when this is effectively done, it will have a positive impact on the national political scene.