The Minister for Agriculture, Mr Clement Humado, has urged the youth of the country to cultivate the spirit of volunteerism for national progress.
He said ‘national progress would be better achieved with the involvement of the youth’.
Mr Humado made the call in a speech delivered on his behalf at the President’s Ball and Fund Raising Dinner Dance of the Rotary Club of Tema at the weekend. At the event, Dr Victor Nyamalor was inducted into office as the in-coming President of the club for the year 2013 /2014.
Mr Humado said volunteerism was the driving force behind Rotary Clubs the world over.
He noted that the attitude of young people to willingly offer free services to a nation where resources were scarce had helped foster national progress.
Mr Humado emphasised that volunteerism could be agents of social change, not necessarily for monetary gains’.
He noted that global peace, leadership skills as well as preventing the youth from idling were some of the things that Rotary Clubs did to improve the society.
Mr Humado was of the view that young people should not fall victim to social vices such as substance abuse when they were filled with positive energy.
The in-coming President, Dr Victor Nyamalor, said the club would continue with projects that were not completed in previous years and pledged to help add new ones while in office.
Dr Nyamalor said a family health project had been initiated by Rotary International in collaboration with the Coca Cola Africa Foundation to mobilise Rotarians and partners worldwide to provide volunteerism, resources and support for vulnerable children and families in developing countries.
He said a three-day health screening project would take place in Ghana.
He said that Rotary International Board of Directors had approved the splitting of District 9100 into Districts 9101 and Districts 9102 with effect from July 1, 2013.
By Rose Hayford Darko, Tema