The Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Professor Oduro Owusu has advocated the need to build stronger institutions in the country devoid of corruption and malpractices.
He said the public should uphold good values such as hard work, and time management to bring change in the country.
“With good values let us transform the nation by ourselves for future generation,’’ he added.
Prof Owusu said this at the JICA Alumni Association of Ghana (JAAGHA) forum in Accra yesterday aimed at promoting cordial relationship between Ghana and Japan.
The programme brought together dignitaries such as Members of Parliament and chief directors among others.
He said as a country we should leave a legacy for the next generation and
urged beneficiaries to learn lessons from Japan to improve the country.
He said alumni of the JICA programmes should adopt Japan values such as time management and hard work among others to bring about change in the society.
Prof Owusu said the country could only flourish if there were institutions devoid of corruption and malpractices.
Mr Hoshi Hirofumi, the Country Director of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) said, a total of 4000 Ghanaians had been trained in various programmes in Japan, since 1976.
He mentioned some of the areas as health, education, tourism, gender mainstreaming, agriculture, energy, trade and investment, finance and human resource.
Mr Hirofumi said JAAGHA, was established in 1991 and relaunched in 2017 to strengthen its membership drive and boost cooperation between the people of Ghana and Japan.
He said the JICA programme remains an essential part of Japan’s cooperation and over the years more than 600,000 people from 198 countries had visited Japan through programmes to upgrade their skills.
The Chief Director of the Office of the Head of Civil Service, Mr Godwin Brocke in his remark commended the government of Japan for the partnership over the years.
He said the collaboration would go a long way to deepen the cordial relationship between the two countries.
The Chief Director urged beneficiaries of the programme to use the knowledge acquired to bring a change to their area of profession.
The Ambassador of Japan to Ghana, Mr Himenom Tsutomu urged institutions to make the capacity building of people a priority to ensure development at all levels.
BY ANITA NYARKO-YIRENKYI