07 August 2017

Video: Reverse failures of past, current African leaders – GIMPA Rector urges youth

Prof. Philip Ebow Bondzi-Simpson, GIMPA Rector

Young African leaders have been urged to do their best to change the fortunes of the African content by reversing the failures of past and current leaders.

The Rector of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), who made the call, admitted that past and present leaders in Africa may have failed the continent.

Prof. Philip Ebow Bondzi-Simpson made the call when he addressed the opening ceremony of the 7th cohort for the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) West Africa was held at the GIMPA Executive Conference Hall on Sunday.

“My generation and probably those a little ahead of us may have let Africa down sadly but it is your lot and responsibility to reverse that and leadership makes a big difference,” the GIMPA Rector admitted.

Prof. Bondzi-Simpson therefore urged participants of the leadership training, who have drawn from some West African countries, to use such gatherings to “equip yourself with the necessarily attitudes – knowledge and skills – to be champions of industry, of advocacy, of public education, of politics and to move the small and the larger communities and the countries and the continent up.”

120 participants from nine West African countries, including Ghana, are in the country for the leadership training.

Participants, between ages 18 and 35 years from Ghana, Nigeria, Liberia, Togo, Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone, The Gambia, Burkina Faso and Cameroon, were selected through a highly transparent and competitive process.

They will undergo a 5-week residential innovative leadership training from July 30 to September 1, 2017, at GIMPA.

The GIMPA Rector further noted that it is the responsibility of the current generation, particularly participants at the training, “to do your part” to change the fortunes of the continent.

Prof. Bondzi-Simpson urged participants to be creative and “take initiative. You can’t be conformist, you can’t do things the way everybody has always done them. You can’t leave it to others…”

In her welcome speech, the Director of YALI West Africa, Shola Safo-Duodu (Ph.D.) mentioned that the centre had trained 1657 participants in the previous cohorts who are excelling in their diverse fields of endeavour.

She was confident that this year’s will be no different. She indicated that her goal has been and still is to make the RLC, a world-class leadership training institute.

The sessions for the 7th cohort will feature ethics, contemporary issues affecting Africa and three specialisation tracks of study namely: Business and Entrepreneurship, Civil Society Leadership, and Public Management. The training will be followed by 12-weeks of Mentoring and Internships in their various countries.



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