Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Konrad Adenauer Foundation interacts with NPP Youth
Posted on: www.dailyguideghana.com
By William Yaw Owusu
Tuesday November 30, 2010
A SENIOR Programmes Officer of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS), Isaac Owusu-Mensah has tasked the youth to work very hard towards the sustenance of Ghana’s democratic dispensation.
“The future of our country’s democracy depends heavily on how the youth carry themselves. We all have the responsibility to ensure that Ghana continues to set the pace in democratic governance and accelerated development so that others will always look up to us for inspiration and emulation.”
Mr. Owusu-Mensah was speaking at the opening of a three-day national youth conference of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) held in Tamale recently.
The KAS participated in the conference because the NPP and the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party of Germany of which KAS is affiliated, share the same conservative ideals such as social market economy, liberal democracy and promotion of individual freedom.
According to Mr. Owusu-Mensah, the political system is the nucleus of all systems in the development of a country and said a breakdown of the political system would have a detrimental effect on education, economic, social and all other systems.
He underscored the need for the youth to eschew all kinds of influences that have the tendency to undermine the democratic process and urged them to rather work towards explaining the party’s ideology to the electorate.
Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the NPP flag bearer who was the Guest of Honor reminded the youth that it was their hard work and dedication to duty that would bring the NPP back into office and urged them not to relent in their efforts to campaign for the party.
“You constitute the highest percentage of the voter population and consequently you will determine the future of the party and the fortunes of our great country,” he said adding the youth have so many stakes in development that they cannot be apathetic in the affairs of the country.
“During Ghana’s struggle for independence from colonial rule, the youth of Ghana played significant roles in the process. They continued to play roles in various elections conducted in the country; the roles have not declined but must be rigorously and vigorously pursued.”
Jake Otanka Obetsebi-Lamptey, NPP National Chairman challenged the youth to understand the party’s ideology saying the NPP has its core values of fairness in terms of access to basic social services.
He praised the NPP administration under President J.A Kufuor saying he brought various social interventions such as the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), and School Feeding Programme among others.
He said championing the philosophy of property ownership in democracy must continue because under that philosophy, every human being whether skilled, semi-skilled and or unskilled could aspire to own one form of property or the other in life saying “the taxi driver has a vision of owing his own taxi just as the hairdresser apprentice also aspires to have her own shop or saloon in future. A farm hand will like to own his farm.”
Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie aka Sir John, NPP General Secretary encouraged the youth to work hard for the party and promised them the needed support to execute their programmes to ensure that their good intentions for the NPP do not remain on paper but are practically implemented to ensure victory in 2012.