Sunday, May 13, 2018

Most African "Leaders Performing Poorly"...They Were "Forced Into" Such Positions - Kufuor

10:33:00 PM

"....I dont blame the leaders because many of them were forced into leadership positions; they were not prepared;you cannot give leadership in any sector [to anybody] without they being prepared in terms of knowledge and experience and exposure."

Those were the words of former President John Agyekum Kufuor at the launch of the Endowment Fund of The John A. Kuf.uor Foundation (JAK Foundation).

According to Mr Kufuor, most of the countrys leaders across sectors are performing poorly because they were forced into those positions.

He further noted that "the problem of unprepared leaders is not limited to Ghana, it pervasive in much of Africa." 

The JAK Foundation Endowment Fund was launched in Accra in furtherance of the legacy of selfless leadership and commitment to national development by the former President.

    A ceremony to raise money for the Endowment Fund, which was organised by JAK Foundation, was in line with the 80 for 80 campaign, which seeks to raise GH¢80 million cedis ($15 million) to commemorate the upcoming 80th birthday of former President Kufuor on December 8.

   The Fund would facilitate the JAK Foundations work in the areas of leadership, governance and economic empowerment.

   The former President envisions an establishment of a peaceful, well governed and economically sustainable Ghana and Africa on the pillars of the Foundation; leadership, governance and economic development.

    Proceeds of the Fund would be allocated as follows; five million dollars for the construction of an ultra-modern Centre for Leadership and Governance at the University of Ghana, and 10 million dollars invested in the Fund.

    The returns on the investment would be used for the running of the various projects of the Foundation.

    These include The Kufuor Scholars Programmme (KSP), The Kufuor Young Entrepreneurs Network, Annual Lecture Series on Governance and Development, The Kufuor Election Observers Group, and The Kufuor Prize for Best Community Leadership.

    Former President Kufuor, during the launch at the weekend, said most leaders were performing poorly because they were not adequately prepared for the position.

    He, therefore, called for adequate preparation of the youth for leadership, which his Foundation was seeking to do.

    "My hope is that the Foundation becomes the legacy I leave behind."

    The Former President explained that every project came with its challenges and the Foundations biggest challenge continued to be its long-term sustainability.

     "I have done my best as an individual but the expanding project work requires additional support," he added.

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