African leaders advised to empower youth in industrial skills
He said equipping the youth in industrial education would be able to take a leap against youth unemployment and attain global competitiveness.
“The whole of Africa should tutor the whole of our generation in humanities and technical education, what we have all over Africa is mostly one sided education which is read write and look for a job but we can have another group of people who are manpower builders.
“When people can work on their own and know how to do things, we will stop this begging and unemployment that is going on all over the country”
Dr Sumney was addressing the 14th African Union Day Prayer: Bezaleel Economic Empowerment Conference 2017, held on May 25, at the Foyer of Parliament, in Accra.
The Prayer Conference, a collaborative effort of Mission Africa Incorporated, the Parliament of Ghana and the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation, was on the theme, “Let’s Make Africa Great Again”.
He said out of the 668,000 Universities in Africa with 10 million student population, 50 per cent do not get jobs after school and African leaders must practise protectionism to ensure some basic needs could be manufactured in the country.
He said African leaders must apply diplomatic courtesy defence mechanism in protectionism to produce certain basic things like toothbrush, machetes, candle, t-shirts because factories were collapsing as a result of basic things which could be produced in the country.
“We refuse to practice Protectionism because we say it is a global market, but global market gives those who are industrially inclined a cutting edge, the economy that Africa is in, we need to be bold and declare that we want to put timeline to certain things”.
He therefore added that protectionism was the footstep for self-reliance and job creation.
Dr Lawrence Tetteh, President, Miracle Outreach, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency called on Ghanaians to patronise made in Ghana products to sustain the economy and portray the Ghanaian culture worldwide.
The congregation prayed for women in politics, technology and innovations for employment, the President of the country and His Cabinet, educational systems, the Ghanaian media, job creation in the country and for good environmental care.