By Kodjo Adams, GNA
Accra, July 11, GNA – Reverend Emmanuel
Antwi-Tumfuor, the National Director of Evangelism, Evangelical Presbyterian
Church, Ghana, has urged the youth to be vigilant and assertive and expose
people whose actions disturb the peace of the country.
Rev Antwi-Tumfuor cautioned the youth to be
decisive and never support the ills in society but be concerned about their
future ambitions for their livelihood and national development.
“Do not allow yourselves to be used by
self-seeking politicians for their personal gains. Anytime you are asked to
engage in destructive activities, ask yourselves whether the family or children
of the one instigating the move are part of the plan. Be positive about the
country,” he added.
The Reverend Minister gave the advice in a
statement at the Biennial Conference of the Boys’ Brigade, Ghana in Ho, in the
Volta Region and copied to the Ghana News Agency in Accra, on the theme “Keep
Watch Over Yourselves and the Members of the Boys’ Brigade”(ACTS 20:28).
He said the theme was a call for the youth
to be concerned about the growth of the Brigade, the same way they wanted to
see the country progress in all spheres of development.
The Clergyman asked the youth to uphold the
tenets of discipline, respect, hard work, commitment and dedication to duty to
succeed in life.
He urged the youth to use their leisure time
to engage in productive ventures, learn and acquire new skills, and offer
themselves for voluntary service in the church and the community, to be
Rev Antwi-Tumfuor called on society to
create the right conditions for the youth to unearth their talents for national
Recently, Ghana was lifted high in the U.S.A
during the World Robofest competition through the hard work of students from
Methodist Girls Senior High School at Mamfe-Akuapem in the Eastern Region. The
feat was attributed to proper guidance and encouragement.
Touching on sanitation, he urged the
authorities to provide the necessary logistics for dumping of waste and
ensuring timely collection and proper disposal at designated recycling points
to make the cities clean.
“We expect our MMDAs to adopt measures that
will promote the recycling of wastes to create job opportunities for our youth.
This is where the Assemblies need to organize forums to seek citizens’ views
especially the innovative ideas from the young people on how to turn waste into
resource through recycling”.
He expressed concern about indiscriminate
disposal of waste in communities, attributing poor attitude as the major cause
of filth engulfing the country.
He commended the National Commission for
Civic Education for dedicating its 2019 Annual Citizenship Week Celebration to
sanitation issues on the theme: “A Clean Ghana Our Responsibility,“ targeting
pupils at basic schools.
Rev Antwi-Tumfuor charged the youth to shun
social vices that impeded development and adopt positive attitudes in all
endeavours of nation building.
He was confident that the conference would
direct young people on a path of high moral standards to positively influence
development agenda when the assumed the helm of affairs.
The Reverend Minister said there was a
national concern that the youth were exhibiting lifestyles, which if not
checked would paint a gloomy picture for their future.
He urged the youth to guard against acts of
indiscipline, get-rich-quick syndrome attitudes, getting involved in alcohol
and drug abuse, and rioting in schools at the least provocation resulting in
destruction of property and loss of life.
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