President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has reminded students of the key role they can play to promote industrial revolution in the country.
He said the nation could not afford to remain as producers of raw materials because there was no future in that transaction; hence, the need for the youth to be more predisposed to become instruments for the needed transformation.
Nana Akufo-Addo said this when he addressed students of the Ho Technical University (HOTU) as part of a tour of the Volta Region last weekend.
He said the government had made significant investment in the development of education, particularly in the area of technical education and added that it would continue to upgrade technical education from the senior high school level to the university level to make students the key to the future.
He stated that former President John Agyekum Kufuor shared in the vision of technical education and was inspired to invest in several projects of the university (then the Ho Polytechnic).
The President advised the students to remain united as one people, pointing out that the unity of Ghana was an absolutely indispensable ingredient needed in the lives of the people; hence, the need to hold on to the vision of the founding fathers of the nation by playing their roles very well as individuals to contribute to the national goal.
He said there was immense opportunities available to be tapped but could be productively harnessed only within the context of eschewing corruption, adopting best practices, avoiding tribalism and insisting on excellence, stressing that with all these qualities, the expectation of achieving a better Ghana will be realised.
President Akufo-Addo said he was emboldened by the recognition given to him as a Ghanaian leader among his contemporaries on the continent and that recognition had inspired him to target the sky as the limit, adding that there should not be any constraint for the future but should forge ahead for a new Ghana.
In a brief introduction, the Volta Regional Minister, Dr Archibald Yao Letsa, said the President had an overwhelming mandate in the last election which was unequalled in the history of Ghana because of the great vision he had for the country.
Memories of the past
In an address, the Vice Chancellor of HOTU, Professor Emmanuel Sakyi, said the visit of the President evoked the memories on the achievement of former President Kufuor at the university and expressed the hope that the current regime would be inspired to continue from where he left off.
For his part, the president of the Students’ Representative Council (SRC), Mr Prosper Dzikpe, said students were overburdened with huge electricity bills and called for government’s intervention to give them some relief.