By Robert Anane GNA
Accra, Aug. 9, GNA - African youth have been urged to steer from the long held impression that the continent needs to depend on Western countries for its development.
“You were not brought into this world to think that the world owes you a favour. You will only be steering yourself towards failure if you think that the government or anyone else owes you anything.”
Dr. Gandhi Dele, UN SDGs Moderator for Sub-Saharan Africa, said this on Thursday at the commemoration of the International Youth Day), at the Webster University in Accra.
He said: “If you are born disadvantaged, that is not a problem, but there is only a problem if you remain disadvantaged because of your choices.”
Dr. Gandhi encouraged young people to strive for excellence and said, everyone has a unique self, and by that very uniqueness, something different to offer to the world.
He urged young people not to make the mistake of belittling their God-given skills and talents because sometimes, what one could immediately lay hands on was the main treasure to fall upon.
Dr. Gandhi advised the young people to look unto themselves and make use of their basic abilities, in furtherance of their progress.
Mr Lambert Donkor, President of Impact-Ghana, a youth organisation, said in as much as young people in Africa strived to excel, there was the need government and other stakeholders ensured that policies supported the progress of young people.
“Poor leadership causes crisis. It makes it difficult for young people to be productive and progress,” he said.
Mr. Lambert said the time had come to raise a new crop of people with no parochial political interest, who would be genuinely interested in creating an atmosphere that brought out the best in people, and also nurtured creativity and progress.
The event was organised by Webster University, in collaboration with youth net-works in Ghana, with Rainbow Innovations as the main organiser.
The International Youth Day has been set aside by the UN, to celebrate the youth and bring to the fore, matters relating to their over-all well-being.