Investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas has called on Ghanaians to learn lessons from the recent riots and demonstration at Adentan in the Greater Accra Region, over carnage on the Madina-Adentan Highway due to lack of footbridges.
The killing of an 18-year-old first-year student of West Africa Senior High School (WASS) on Thursday, 8 November 2018, sparked spontaneous riots on the highway which resulted in a gridlock, compelling police and fire officers to intervene.
Using the uprising to make a point, Anas Aremeyaw Anas said: “When we all sit down and say because it is happening to the people of Adentan, so, we don’t care, one day you never know when you will drive there and the people will get insane and that’s when you will see what the people’s power means.
“[The riots] were a valuable lesson to all of us and I believe that all of you should take a cue from it. You may think that you have educated yourself and you want to stay in Accra and leave your villages unattended to.
“If the water in your village is poisoned, if your child does not die, if you don’t die, your grandmother will die,” he said.
Anas was speaking to students of the Koforidua Technical University and others from selected second-cycle institutions at the weekend during a youth leadership summit jointly organised by Sertoh Leadership International and the AFRIWIC International Organisation.
He urged them to make the needed input to bring positive development in the various societies they find themselves and indicated that corruption is an “extreme disease” which needs an extreme remedy.
The Youth Summit was on the theme: “Breaking the myth of leadership” and aimed at conscientizing the present-day youth to have a positive view of leadership to drive development.
For his part, the Executive Director of the Sertoh and AFRIWIC International Organisation, Nana Osei Bonsu Jnr., encouraged the youth to cultivate the principles of good leadership.
He called for a re-drafting of Ghana’s school curriculum to address the wrong perception of leadership and encourage the acquisition of good leadership skills at a young age.