Edward Williams, GNA
Jasikan (O/R), Dec. 04, GNA – Youth leaders must be trained in leadership skills to adequately prepare them for their future responsibilities, Evangelist Godwin Baako-Boafo, Founder of Living Word Fountain Incorporated and Progressive Students Network, has said.
He said good governance demanded good leadership and that training and mentoring were essential in preparing the youth for the future.
Evangelist Baako-Boafo said this at a seminar on Leadership Skills for 400 student youth leaders from some selected second cycle and tertiary institutions in the Oti Region.
He asked young leaders to let their lifestyles be worthy of emulation by those they lead to maximize the outcomes of an effective leadership.
He said humility was a necessary element for effective leaders and charged them to uphold it as well as integrity.
“Leaders should be able to serve other people, sacrifice their time and resources for the benefit of followers.”
Ms Angel Wariri Mbuthia, Secretary for Gender and International Relations of the All Africa Students Union (AASU), noted that despite the challenges women leaders faced, current trends showed an improvement in their numbers in the decision-making process.
She said a major challenge, which needed government and stakeholders’ attention, was women participation in politics.
“Having more women in governance is not competition for power but efforts at ensuring holistic development,” she said.
Ms Mbuthia, therefore, charged young women to desire leadership positions and contribute their quota to national development.
Mr Herman Addae Yobo, the Chief Executive Officer of Lead It Africa, a consultancy firm, said as part of the company's Corporate Social Responsibility, it decided to focus and invest in leadership development of the youth to help them succeed in future.
He said it was important that youth leaders were constructively made aware on how they managed themselves and their relationships with other people to enable them to achieve more in life.
Mr Addae said parents should be made aware of the contextual differences between their time and that of their children since they were pivotal in the development of children, adding that parents should be attentive, focused and responsive to the needs of the child and help in moulding them into more productive individuals.
The seminar was a joint initiative by the Progressive Students Network, All Africa Students Union (AASU), and Lead It Africa, on the theme; "Raising Leaders with Competence and Integrity."
The youth leaders were drawn from Kadjebi-Asato, Bueman, Worawora and Tapaman senior high schools, Okadjakrom Senior High Technical School, Bowiri Community Day Senior High Technical School and Jasikan College of Education.