A Former President of Nigeria Olusegun Obasanjo has urged African Youth both home and in the diaspora, to take leadership roles in the continent.
He said there was no doubt that Africa, had lost some grounds in its effort at attaining development and challenged the youth to contribute their quota to the development of the continent.
The Former President made these comments at the 11th African Youth and Governance Convergence (AYGC) conferment ceremony in Accra, themed: 'Partnership for Youth Development: Key to Building Africa Beyond Aid'.
According to him, Africa was not where it should be after decades of independence and attributed that to poor governance.
Mr. Obasanjo emphasised that the African population should be an asset for development, noting that the youth should be interested in affecting positive change in the continent. He urged the youth to propose solutions that called for youth inclusion in decision making.
He stated that it was not too late to recapture the grounds lost and correct mistakes made in the past, adding that it was time for the youth to empower themselves to achieve Africa beyond aid and have sustainable economic progress as envisaged by the President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
The Executive Director of Youth Bridge Foundation Ghana, Mr. Seth Oteng, said the 2019 Youth Convergence was to provide the platform for youth mentorship specifically, on how the youth could take the mantle of leadership on the continent.
Mr. Obasanjo received an eminent fellow of AYGC award for his continues contribution towards youth capacity development in Africa.
Some of the awardees included the Member of Parliament (MP) for South Tongu, Mr. Samuel Okudzeo Ablakwa, the Managing Director for Multimedia Group Ghana, Mr. Santokh Singh and the President of AYGC, Mr. Tinashe Kwasweshi.