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General News Sat, 31 Jul 2010

FLEX holds first youth leadership conference in Accra

Accra, July 31, GNA - Mr Albert Ocran, the Chief Executive Officer, Combert Impressions, a print service company, has called on the youth to develop strategic partnership in order to become future leaders.

"Leadership is not about position or title one holds but how one influences and motivates." Mr Ocran said and noted every leader has power and must be able to manage it (power).

By strategic partnership, he urged, Ghanaian youth to create network among themselves as well as develop mentorship programes that would enable them to learn from each other.

Mr Ocran said this at a maiden Youth Leadership Conference organised by the Foundation for Leadership Excellence (FLEX) in Accra on Saturday under the theme: "Shaping the Destiny of our Nation."

FLEX is an organization that helps mentor individuals on career development, social responsibility, entrepreneurial, personal and leadership development.

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In an interview with journalists at the Conference, Mr John Kissi, President of FLEX-Global, UK, said the event was to help network, mentor, and create leadership opportunities for the youth in order to equip them with requisite skills needed in entrepreneurship.

He said it was also designed to provide new understanding and fundamental principles of leadership development in making the youth proactive in their daily activities.

Mr Kissi said the involvement of students from the Ghana School of the Blind at Akropong, was to give the physically challenged the opportunity to develop themselves irrespective of their predicament.

He announced that FLEX would establish state-of-the art skills development centres in all the ten regions of the country to cater for soft (basic) skills development of the youth.

He, therefore, called on organisations, institutions and philanthropists to help fund conferences of such nature to facilitate the empowerment of the Ghanaian youth.

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Mrs Harriet Osei-Amoah Owusu, United Bank of Africa (UBA) Ghana Limited, Abossey Okai Branch Manager, in a presentation indicated that success is based on principles, but not on the acquisition of wealth, whiles attitude determines success.

She added that some risks lead to revolution and when built upon might lead to success.

Mrs Owusu said peoples' dreams should be attached to opportunities, noting that individuals should seize every opportunity to become successful.

She urged the youth to seize every opportunity and have a burning desire to persist and to persevere in whatever they engaged themselves in.

Source: GNA