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Don’t be influenced by money to offer service — Youths urged

BY: Elizabeth Nyaadu Adu
The third cohorts of EPL Ghana after the graduation ceremony

THE Country Director for Emerging Public Leaders (EPL) Ghana, Juliet Adime Amoah, has urged the youth to avoid being influenced by money in the discharge of their duties when employed.

Instead, she urged them to adopt professionalism and commitment in their work to help contribute to the growth of the companies in which they serve and the country as a whole.

Ms Amoah made the call during the third graduation ceremony of EPL Ghana Public Service Fellows in Accra.

She said the founding leaders of the country were driven by positive action and had a positive mindset of contributing to the development of the country, hence the need for the youth to avoid unnecessary fame and quick money and stay committed to their work.

“I think we have come to a time where action is needed more than words, and action that is backed by ideals is what we are asking.

“If you look at the founders of this country, the people that took us out of colonialism into this new democracy that we have, they had things that they stood for,” she said.

In her keynote address, the Interim Executive Director of EPL Global, Caren Wakoli, said EPL was formed to raise the new generation of young leaders who put integrity, honesty and the citizens at the center of their work.

She said leadership was the cornerstone of any society and was very necessary for sustainable development adding that the new graduates who are ethical and value-based civil and public servants would lead the change Ghana and Africa.

Graduation

The third cohort of EPL Ghana saw 16 Fellows graduate after a two-year intensive Public Service Fellowship programme.

The fellows received mentorship and training in leadership and community services to continue their civil service careers and drive change in Ghana.

The Fellowship is a year-long professional development programme for high-achieving young public servants who have demonstrated a clear interest in and commitment to their career in Ghana’s civil and public service.

The Fellows would join the Emerging Public Leaders Alumni Network to receive continuing support and mentorship as they pursue their career in the Civil Service and beyond.

Side bars

- Since its first cohort in 2018, the EPL Ghana has grown to include young Ghanaians from all the 16 regions. Fellows and alumni have been placed in 24 government agencies including the ministries of Finance, Agriculture, and Parliamentary Affairs and the Office of the Vice President.

- Through building strong partnerships with the Government of Ghana, including the Office of the Head of Civil Service (OHCS) and National Service Scheme (NSS), EPL was launched in Ghana in 2018 with the selection of its inaugural cohort of 20 Public Service Fellows.

- Emerging Public Leaders aims to improve government capacity and performance to strengthen countries' democratic governance, and accelerate growth and inclusion in the countries where they work by injecting government institutions with new innovative and ethical talent.