The Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has called for increased access to quality education for young people by African governments.
Dr Bawumia made the call during his virtual address to the annual conference of the Young Democrat Union of Africa (YDUA) underway in Lilongwe, Malawi.
This year’s conference has drawn participants and speakers from all over Africa and Europe, most of who belong to political parties with centre-right ideologies.
Dr Bawumia however, praised the effort of the YDUA President, Louisa Atta-Agyemang, for the effort to put together the conference and working to promote democracy on the continent.
He reiterated President Akufo-Addo’s commitment to invest massively in making education accessible to all Ghanaians and further called on other African leaders to follow suit.
“The theme of this conference resonates well with some of the aspirations of the ‘Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want’, the UN Sustainable Development Goals and also with the agenda many African leaders have set for themselves including President Akufo-Addo and the Malawian President H. E. Dr. Lazarus Chakwera,” he said.
“The engagement of young people is critical to the development of African countries. Africa’s biggest resource is our young people and their zealousness to create and make a change. Every policy directive and initiative by governments, state and non-state actors should be done in a way that prioritizes the interests of young people as well as the future,” Dr Bawumia noted.
He further stated how impressed he was with the work of the union even within its short period of establishment.