To be more productive and contribute greatly to the development of the country, Country Director for Emerging Public Leaders Ghana, Juliet Adime Amoah, has charged young graduates to think positive and take actions that are supported by concepts, rather than looking for fast gains.
According to her, the founding leaders of the country had a positive mindset of contributing to the development of Ghana, and were heavily driven by positive action, hence, the need for the youth to avoid unnecessary fame but should be committed to work.
“I think we have come to a time where action is needed more than words, and action that is backed by ideals is what we are asking. If you look at the founders of this country – the people who took us out of colonialism into this new democracy that we have – they had things that they stood for.
“It was not just money, not fast gains or fame, but it was things that they stood for. So our message to the young people now is action backed by ideas is what we need to work on to make Ghana Strong and the proud country that we all know it can be,” she said this during the third graduation ceremony of the EPL Ghana Public Service Fellows.
The Emerging Public Leader programme is basically working to raise a new generation of young women and men – African leaders, who have integrity, put citizens at the centre, and are willing to work with the system to lead change for Ghana.
Through its Public Service Fellowship, EPL Ghana provides talented Ghanaian university graduates with two years of given employment in the public service, rigorous training and mentorship to gain the leadership and technical skills necessary to become effective public servants who will improve public service delivery and spur good governance in Ghana.
Through building strong partnerships with the government, including the Office of the Head of Civil Service (OHCS) and National Service Scheme (NSS), EPL was launched in Ghana in 2018 with the selection of its inaugural cohort of 20 Public Service Fellows.
These Fellows are currently placed across nine government institutions. To date, Fellows testify that the fellowship has encouraged them to be change agents who work competently, act ethically and drive change in their respective job roles.
Ms. Amoah stated that as Emerging Public Leaders of Ghana grows, it is their hope and believe that the impact will continue to expand.
Emerging Public Leaders aims to improve government capacity and performance to strengthen countries’ democratic governance, and accelerate growth and inclusion in the countries where they work by injecting government institutions with new innovative and ethical talent.