President Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Wednesday, urged the newly elected leadership of the Pan African Youth Union (PYU), to strongly advocate for democratic governance in all African countries, and fight against military interventions.
Addressing a delegation led by Pius Enam Hadzide, Chief Executive Officer of the National Youth Authority (NYA), and leaders of PYU, at the Jubilee House, President Akufo-Addo lamented on the serious issues confronting Africa and suggested it was only through the promotion of democratic principles that the continent’s challenges could be dealt with.
“The issues before our continent are well known; how to engender the peace and security of our continent, promote good governance, and of course, as a result, accelerate the development of our economies and improve the living standards of our people,” he added.
The President said those were the main issues confronting the current generation “and you have been given a very important role in realizing this vision for Africa’s future.”
“We have to insist on good governance, we have to insist on democratic responsibility on our continent. We have seen what the eras of coups and military interventions did to our continent and in our various nations,” the President added.
He emphasised that the phenomenon of coup d’états had not brought to the continent the progress it needed, and urged the PYU to preach the lessons and the virtues of democratic engagement.
“Preaching the virtues of Africa as being responsible and capable of promoting and defending its interests, is a very heavy responsibility that has been placed on you,” he said.
President Akufo-Addo said he was convinced that the two elected leaders—Ahmed Bening Wiisichong, and Mumuni Diala— and the entire PYU would leave up to the task.
“You will have the support of the government and myself in whatever you are doing so long as it is geared towards these goals,” the President assured the delegation.
Mr Hadzide presented to President Akufo-Addo, a citation conferring on him the Africa Peace Prize from the Youth of Africa for his efforts in promoting peace in West Africa and the continent as a whole.
Ahmed Bening Wiisichong is a Ghanaian youth leader, Pan Africanist and a social engineer. He was elected as the Secretary-General of the Pan African Youth Union in November 2021 at the 4th Ordinary Congress of the Pan African Youth Union in Niamey, Niger. He is also the African Head of the Commonwealth Youth Innovation Hub.
In his brief remarks, Mr Wiisichong observed that President Akufo-Addo’s exemplary leadership on the African continent had paved the way for his election to the high office of secretary-general of the PYU.
“I will use this opportunity to congratulate you on providing leadership and for guiding us through this journey. We want to assure you that, we shall deliver on the mandate that we have been given in achieving the objectives of agenda 2063 and Africa we want.”
The Pan African Youth Union (UPJ/PYU), is the coordinating body for youth organisations at the National, Regional and Continental Africa.
It is an advisory agency for the Youth Commission of the African Union and is currently supported by the African Union Youth Programme.
The UPJ/PYU has a mandate from the African Union Heads of State (July 2006 Summit) and has its headquarters in Rabat, Morocco.
Rex Mainoo Yeboah, ISD