A former Secretary General of the United Nations, Busumuru Kofi Annan has indicated that government should harness the potential of the youth.
Busumuru Annan speaking at “An Afternoon with Kofi Annan” an interaction with old boys of Mfantsipim Senior High School at the Kempinsiki Gold Coast Hotel in Accra on Thursday said the demographic boom across the continent could be a blessing or a curse especially with the current trends with the youth.
He noted it is disturbing to see Ghanaian youth who attempt to embark on the dangerous journey to Europe for better lives.
“This democratic boom can be a blessing or a curse depending on the policies we adopt. But on current trends there are grounds for concern. Our youth are better educated; more connected and have higher expectations than any previous generation. But what are their prospects? It is profoundly disturbing to see so many Ghanaians included in the 2017 count of migrants, who attempt to make the dangerous crossing across sand and sea to seek a new life in Europe. Ebusuapanyin, dear friends it is time to harness the potential of our youth”.
Busumuru Kofi Annan noted that harnessing the potential of the youth would require the country to strengthen the pillars of healthy democratic societies.
“This requires our countries to strengthen the three pillars of healthy democratic societies. Which I define as first peace and security, inclusive development, rule of law and respect for human rights. There can be no long term peace and security without development. There can be no long term development without peace and security. No society can long prosper without respect for the rule of law and human rights. These three pillars taken holistically, must be the foundation of our development agenda”.
Source: ATL FM NEWS