Member of Parliament for Adansi Asokwa, Kobina Tahir Hammond has advised the youth in Ghana to circumspect their actions and be patient with their demands to be given opportunities to serve in political leadership.
Speaking in an interview with Accra-based Joy FM, the Adansi Asokwa MP further advised the youth to humble themselves to learn from the old folks in leadership in order to garner the necessary knowledge and experience required for high office in the country.
Mr KT Hammond further advocated for a hybrid system where the youth will be paired with a senior person in political office to understudy them.
"You will hear quite distinctively clear that what I said was this...that we will not, by the we, I meant some of the older people in politics will not simply abandon the responsibility of running the country to the youth alone,
"We are not going to give it to you because you can't do it. You can't do it and we won't give you. It wasn't simply saying that you can't do it but I'm making a point and I reiterate it that it isn't possible for just the youth of the country to be running the country. It's not possible”, he insisted.
Mr KT Hammond berated a section of the Ghanaian youth who subjected President Akufo-Addo to jeers at Global Citizens Festival held in Accra which was held last Saturday, September 24, 2022.
His comment enraged the youth who took to social media to express their angst and demanded an apology from the Member of Parliament (MP).
But KT Hammond maintains the youth are not capable of handling the demands and pressure that comes with political high offices, adding that they should rather take their time to get themselves ready to take over when the older folks are no more.
He added that "the future is for the youth. When we are all gone, you will be taking over from us. Don't rush to want to take over from us right now, we won't let you. You can't run the government alone.
“I mean there will be mixture. We will train you up and when we are gone, you take over. While we have some strength and there is brain in our heads and the grey, the grey doesn't come for nothing. You guys have this mantra that age is just a number. It's not entirely true", he further added.
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