Chairman of the John A. Kufuor Foundation, former President John Kufuor, has praised the Kufuor scholars for their impactful achievements.
At a meeting with the Kufuor Scholars Program (KSP) classes of 2020 and 2022 at his residence in Accra, the former president told the young people he is happy that they are taking advantage of the opportunity the program provides to positively impact communities.
He commended the scholars for various successes chalked including one of them emerging as Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) best student journalist of the year 2019. He also commended alumni and scholars for being selected to participate in international dialogues and conferences such as the World Forum for Democracy organised by the Council of Europe.
“Some alumni are also furthering their education in courses like international relations, law, international politics and defence both in Ghana and abroad,” he observed.
“I am a proud grandfather to witness these achievements and transformation in the lives of these brilliant scholars as a result of the training and grooming they have and are still receiving,” President Kufuor noted.
“One of you has made it to the final list of the 50 most influential young Ghanaians… Last year, a scholar was elected as the first female SRC president of the University of Development Studies. Other scholars also got elected as NUGS Financial Secretary and General Secretary of USAG… keep it up and lead with excellence at all cost, we are one big family,” he said.
The scholars recently led a health screening and community project in the Ofoase Ayirebi constituency to mark the former president’s 81st birthday, which he said is highly commendable.
“Your various group projects like ‘Cell not Hell’ which is helping inmates in Kumasi prisons, ‘K-Talk’ which is holding educational talks in various senior high schools and universities, and ‘Klean Ghana’ which tackles and creates awareness on sanitation issues are commendable,” he noted.
The former president urged the young people to work and ensure they become better than him. He noted Africa needs quality leadership if development can be achieved to the maximum.
“We have played our role in the development of Africa and we must secure the future of our dear continent by preparing and ushering in the youth, to effectively take over the leadership mantle. It is therefore imperative that we take keen interest in grooming and motivating the youth to exhibit good leadership skills in their various fields of endeavour,” he said.
“Africa is a well-resourced continent with great prospects of sustainable development; however, our ability to achieve these prospects is hinged on our ability to raise good leaders who will passionately and selflessly devote themselves to the service of our motherland,” the former president observed.
Chief Executive Officer of the John A. Kufuor Foundation Prof. Baffour Agyemang – Duah, Coordinator of the Kufuor Scholars Program Dr. Pascal Brenya and chairman of Parliament’s Defence and Interior Committee Seth Acheampong also joined the former president to respond to interact with the youth.
The scholars spent more than 2 hours asking the former president questions about his life and experiences and how they can become accomplished individuals like him.