Mr. Eddy Obeng-Darko, a retired educationist has observed that sacrifices made by the forefathers in the struggle for independence would be in vain if the youth failed to build meaningfully on the legacy bequeathed to them.
He said the visions and ideals of the forefathers to attain political freedom from colonial rule should encourage the youth to forge ahead in unity to build a prosperous, peaceful and stable nation.
In an interview with the Ghana News Agency at Nkawie in the Atwima Nwabiagya District on Friday, Mr. Obeng-Darko, who was the National President of Conference of District Directors of Education (CODEE) pointed out that, attainment of political independence should be linked with economic freedom and called on Ghanaians to avoid animosity, ethnicity and unite to harness the enormous resources of the country to improve the living standard of the people.
The youth, he said, have a major responsibility to shape the social, economic and political destiny of the country.
He said they could contribute meaningfully towards the country's development when they were imbued with the spirit of patriotism, nationalism and discipline.
Mr. Obeng-Darko noted that, the rapid socio-economic development of the country depended on the commitment and selflessness of the youth and advised them to be patriotic in their activities.
He expressed concern over the increasing cases of armed robbery and other heinous crimes that were usually associated with the youth and urged them to lead morally upright lives.
Mr. Obeng-Darko advocated for adequate empowerment of the youth to acquire relevant skills, engage in micro enterprises to make them economically self-dependent.
This, he noted, would reduce the crime wave and increase productivity to improve the country's economy.