Youth challenged to strive towards nation’s stability

Mrs. Zanetor Agyeman Rawlings

Mrs. Zanetor Agyeman Rawlings

Dr Zanetor Agyeman-Rawlings, Member of Parliament (MP) for the Klottey-Korley Constituency in the Greater Accra Region, has challenged the youth to strive to chart a new path of sincere dedication towards the country’s progress.

“Be brave enough, stand as a group and say we are not going down this path but going to do the right thing to change the scope of politics,” she stressed.

Dr Agyeman-Rawlings threw the challenge in an interview in Accra after she received the Eighth Young Role Model in Politics and Governance award, at the ‘Young Professionals Transformational Leadership Conference and Young Professionals Role Model Award 2017’.

This year’s conference was under the theme: ‘Mentoring Africa’s Young Leaders for Africa’s Transformation.’

According to Dr Agyeman-Rawlings, “currently, excessive partisan behaviour is dividing us as a society, we are not doing things that are right and we are not shunning the wrong things because we say it is politics.

“Retrogressive behaviour, such as the use of abusive language on our airwaves, encouragement of corrupt and improper practices in the name of politics has to be brought to an end, for the sake of the nation’s growth.

“If we use partisanship and politics to destroy our society instead of building it, then we are in effect, failing, one group of people that held hope for the country’s progress and turn over towards the right path for sustainable growth is the youth.

“The youth are numerous and can put their numbers to good use, I urge young people to first strive for success through honest labour, and move away from get ‘rich quick’ attitude which did not attract true prosperity”.

“Do it the proper way and in turn ensure those in governance will also do the right thing, since  the nation’s progress and stability will be certain and definite, once the youth, became zealous and honest watchdogs of the society,” Dr Agyeman-Rawlings pointed out.

Andy Okrah, President of the Young Professionals and Youth Coalition (YPYC), observed that after several years of independence, there was an urgent need, to accelerate the nation’s socio-economic development.

He indicated that it was unfortunate whilst Africa was largely portrayed as a continent be-devilled with lack, it was sad to realise some continental challenges were self-induced.

“For a continent, which is naturally endowed with resources and an equal measure of human capital, it is possible to foster progress and growth,” Mr Okrah stressed. -GNA

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