He said qualities of leadership and positive values when inculcated in the youth could create the necessary factors to have a well disciplined youth base in the country.
Vice President Amissah-Arthur said this when he officially closed a week’s leadership training camp of the National Cadet Corps at the Asuansi Secondary and Technical Institute in the Central Region.
The camp, which hosted about 500 students from various second-cycle institutions across the country was used to provide mental training to enable the students to become critical thinkers and problem solvers, as well provide physical training to enhance their fitness and basic survival skills.
Mr Amissah-Arthur after watching a demonstration of various military combat skills and acrobatic display from the cadets, urged them to adopt the combat virtues which they translate and use to overcome personal and societal problems in the future.
He advised them to learn well to also improve on their academics since both education enhancement and physical discipline were equally important as the extracurricular activities, saying “you must always take your studies serious in order to excel academically.”
The Vice President commended the students for having taken time off their vacation to train in basic skills that equip them to face future challenges.
Dr. Jacob Aaworb-Nang Maa Kor, Director-General of Ghana Education Service (GES) and also the Board Chairman of the National Cadet Corps, said the strength of the Cadet Corps Kept growing numerically annually.
He said the National Cadet Corps has grown from 60 cadets in 1954 to 56,380 with a presence in about 654 schools across the 10 regions of Ghana.
Dr. Kor said with such a size, the National Cadet Corps has become one of the biggest reliable youth groups the national security agencies could rely on for future recruitment as well as serving as a catalyst to instill discipline in the students.
“Today, we could boldly say that any 50 groups of youth you call have 5-10 cadets among them. Various security organisations such as the Army, Navy, Air Force, Police, Fire, CEPS and Immigration have established cadets to inculcate in them the discipline they have,” he said.
By Lawrence Markwei