‘Don’t desire power, but influence’ – Youth advised

Kumasi- The Ghanaian youth have been advised to play more responsible and influential roles to help facilitate the nation’s development processes.

Professor William Otoo Ellis, former Vice-Chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), said the society had great expectations for them, therefore, they could not disappoint for all the investment being made in them.

The problem with our generation is that the youth have become too greedy and power-conscious. They are too quick to amass wealth within the shortest possible time, and not thinking of the consequences of their actions, he said.

Prof Ellis, who was addressing the opening session of the ‘2018 Leadership and Enrichment Camp’ in Kumasi, told the youth not to desire power, but influence as this was the path to transforming the society.

The youth ought to uphold good moral values and virtues in their endeavours – integrity, honesty and faithfulness, he said.

They should demonstrate God-fearing qualities in all that they do to bring prosperity to the people.

This year’s camp, a project of the Campaign for Female Education (Camfed), an international Non-Government Organization (NGO) promoting literacy amongst young women, was sponsored by the Mastercard Foundation (MCF) Scholars Programme.

The week-long event is under the theme: Shaping the Future of Young Women, and it forms part of activities marking the 25 years anniversary of Camfed.

More than 1, 220 selected female students in second-cycle institutions nationwide are attending the programme designed to build the capacity of the participants on leadership.

It is also to create the platform to strengthen networking amongst the students and also interact and share ideas in order to overcome the challenges in their lives.

Prof Ellis, who is Chairman for the Executive Advisory Board of the MCF Scholars Programme, expressed the hope that the camp would be beneficial to the participants as it was expected to harness their leadership potentials to aid them in initiating transformational projects in their communities.

Source: Ghana News Agency