“If one wants to be a politician, he or she should start at the student level”, he counseled students of his alma mater, the University of Cape Coast (UCC)
The Minister who was the guest speaker at the Students Representative Council (SRC) leadership summit at the University of Cape Coast (UCC), urged students to align with one camp, pursue the agenda to enable them to make their way through the ranks in the future.
Oppong Nkrumah who is Alumnus of UCC disclosed to the students that his political journey started from his school days and not when he was lacing his boots to become a lawmaker.
Speaking on the topic “Student leaders as pioneers of sustainable development the Member of Parliament (MP) for Ofoase-Ayirebi constituency observed that there is the suspicion that many formally enter into political leadership for their own personal political ambitions which mostly is not the case.
He, therefore, advised students to pursue their general interest which to progress in their education, exit successfully and move on to find economic opportunities after school.
According to him, leadership at the student level is not all about violent protestations which is a recipe for ungovernable society.
“We are showcasing to successive generations that leadership is about aluta continua, no compromise, no middle ground, my way or no way. We will soon have an ungovernable society if we continue churning out these kinds of leaders”, he warned
He deviated from the infamous statement and understanding of a democracy for and by the people which has been touted over time but that a democracy is ‘governance by accommodation
To this end, he believed a system that ensures that the various positions of various stakeholders can be respectful, properly articulated and in the end, each stakeholder’s views can be accommodated in the final solution.
“I want to submit to you that you are wholly responsible for the kind of leaders you choose. They will shape the future ahead of you” he stated.
The Minister encouraged faculty in taking an interest in preparing people for leadership and charged them to look out for and groom leaders who value honesty, integrity, the common good, balance and respect for each other’s positions.
This, according to him, is the only true way to fine leaders who will move the nation to a point of sustainable development.