Monday, April 30, 2007
Instil leadership qualities in the youth – Asihene
Story: A. KOFOYA-TETTEH, Kyebi
THE East Akyem District Chief Executive (DCE), Mr. Emmanuel Victor Asihene, has asked churches to instill in the youth, leadership qualities so that they would be able to administer the country in the future.
Mr. Asihene made the remark when he addressed the congregation of the Presbyterian Church at Kyebi during a thanksgiving service to climax the Jubilee celebrations of Ghana’s independence.
The event, which was attended by a large number of people including the Queen of Akyem Abuakwa, Nana Adutwumwaa Dokua, and the Adontenhene, Osabarima Kena Ampaw, coincided with the laying of wreaths on the tombs of Dr. J.B. Danquah and William Ofori Atta, who of the six notable politicians often referred to as “the Big Six” who fought for Ghana’s independence.
According to Mr. Asihene, the church had a role to play to ensure that the youth, who were the future leaders, were well groomed to take up the mantle from the current generation of political leaders.
He paid tribute to Dr. Danquah and William Ofori Atta, who, he said, were well groomed in both Christian principles and politics, which enabled them to lead the masses during agitation for the country’s independence.
“It is one of your responsibilities to mould the character of the youth to become not only useful citizens in society, but also to ensure that they would be capable of taking up leadership positions in the future to continue from the present generation of political leaders”, Mr. Asihene stated.
In a sermon, the former Chairman of the Akyem Abuakwa Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Rev. K.A. Nuamah, regretted that some parents had neglected their responsibility of nurturing their children to become useful adults in the future.
Rev. Nuamah, who based his sermon on Mathew Chapter 28 verses 16 – 20, said it was disheartening that some parents even exploited or subjected their children to all forms of cruelty.
He implored those parents to change such negative behaviour and school their children to be useful citizens.
With regard to the country’s socio-political situation since independence, Rev. Nuamah stated that although there had been some drawbacks, Ghana had sailed through these and attained its 50th birthday.
Daily Graphic - Monday, April 30, 2007. Page: 32