DR EKWOW SPIO-GARBRAH, former Trade and Industry Minister has called on political leaders on the continent to conceivably regard corruption, resource looting, citizen marginalization as an enemy to Pan- Africanism and African renaissance.
‘It is my hope that Africa as a continent will focus on Women and Youth empowerment , and use ICT as a tool for development as we Unite as one people’ DR EKWOW SPIO-GARBRAH said.
DR EKWOW SPIO-GARBRAH, former Trade and Industry Minister made the call during this year’s AU DAY celebration in a statement he issued titled ‘ AU DAY, A CALL TO DUTY AND A MOMENT FOR REFLECTION.
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AU DAY, A CALL TO DUTY AND A MOMENT FOR REFLECTION
Today, as we mark the AU day, an integral question that must be asked is how well we have lived the African vision and aspiration? The day calls for a deeper reflection and a moment for innovative thinking to deal , as a matter of urgency with the many problems of the continent confronting us as a people.
Tackling the issues of unemployment through youth empowerment and entrepreneurship; creating the the necessary support systems for marginalized women and fighting the common canker of corruption which has bedevilled the corridors of power.
I am very much aware through my numerous engagements on the continent and the world at large, that at the heart of this transformative African agenda is leadership, a key element to fighting any unjust situation on the continent—poverty, disease, violence, terrorism, inequality and racial discrimination.
It calls for action now! The urgent need for action has given birth to the Agenda 2063, the Africa we want.
I wish to add my voice to the scores of voices out there calling on all political leaders on the continent to conceivably regard corruption, resource looting, citizen marginalization as an enemy to Pan- Africanism and African renaissance.
It is my hope that Africa as a continent will focus on Women and Youth empowerment , and use ICT as a tool for development as we Unite as one people.
To my fellow country men and women, young and old, rich and poor, the AU day is a sparkler demonstration of the ingenuity, patriotism and the resilience of the Ghanaian.
This is a day every Ghanaian must be proud of, whilst embracing the path of truth, optimism and hope towards an Africa that is not only at peace with itself but at peace with the rest of the world.
May the Africa we want and the better prosperous Ghana we envision be a reality in our time and no longer a desired dream, as we journey Forward for the next fifty years of continental voyage.
Long live Africa,
long live Ghana.
DR EKWOW SPIO-GARBRAH