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24.04.2005 Diaspora News

Ghanaians abroad advised to seek knowledge

Ghanaians abroad advised to seek knowledge
LISTEN APR 24, 2005

.... rather than wealth Kumasi, April 24, GNA - Ghanaians who sojourn abroad have been advised to focus more on seeking knowledge and acquiring technological skills rather than concentrating solely on the acquisition of wealth. Mr Opoku-Agyemang Prempeh, Managing Director of Lakayana Company, a revenue generation and debt collection firm who gave the advice said technological skills and knowledge had a greater potential of helping them to generate the wealth they so much yearned for while at the same time, contributing to development and advancement of the country's economy. Mr Prempeh gave the advice at the opening of a one-day workshop organised by the Centre for Moral Education (CEMED), for community youth leaders, drawn from the Kumasi Metropolis in Kumasi on Saturday. He expressed regret that even though technological skills and knowledge were required for the transformation of Ghanaians who travel abroad "they simply ignore such crucial things in favour of material possessions". Mr Prempeh reminded Ghanaians resident abroad that it was only when they returned to their home countries equipped with technological skills and requisite professional knowledge that they could be perceived by society as genuinely concerned about their own progress and the development of the nation.
He said returning home only with material items like fridges, cars and television sets was not the best, as it would only give temporary relief to the individual but consequently impact negatively on development.
Mr Prempeh entreated community leaders to explore the indigenous technology at their disposal to set up small or cottage industries to provide employment for the youth in the rural communities. He said it was only when they as leaders were able to start small industries on their own with the help of their people that they could entice the government and other organisations to assist them.

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