NBM seeks concrete policies for development in Africa
• Marches against neo-colonialism, nepotism, others in Ghana
African governments have been enjoined to put in place workable policies and programmes to engender sustainable development on the continent. This was the consensus of experts during the Neo-Black Movement (NBM) of Africa Western Regional fifth quarterly summit at the weekend in Accra, Ghana
Opening the discourse with the theme, “Advocacy and Action, the Urgency of Now,” the Executive Chairperson, African Youth Union Commission (AYUC), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Dr. Carl Oshodi, urged the political class to promote a meaningful economic development through financial assistance to the deprived populations.
In a lecture he titled, “Youth Development in Africa: Historical Perspective and Contemporary Challenges to Sustainable Development,” Oshodi warned that failure to heed the appeal in the past had resulted in political upheavals, as well as collapse of both the private sectors, among other unpleasant developments.
He noted that over 500 million African youths struggle daily for survival while the political elite is pillaging their commonwealth.To Tom Imafidon, poverty as a global phenomenon emanates partly from skewed international capitalist maneuverings which many policies of governments in the developing world help to further nurture through under-development.
He submitted that self-sufficiency and independence was key to poverty reduction and sustainable development.On his part, Dr. Anthony Orunkoya said in consonance with its vision to enthrone an egalitarian society, NBM was willing to partner other advocacy groups to end human trafficking, prostitution, among other social ills through mass campaign, enlightenment and other non-violent means.
To underscore its seriousness, the movement birthed the non-violent March for Justice and Peace.Regional Head, NBM West, Gerald Azonobo, said the peaceful protest was against mental slavery, neo-colonialism, nepotism, terrorism and societal ills, as well as to reawaken Africans to black consciousness, civilisation, freedom and justice.
According to the movement’s National Head and President, Chief Felix Edore Kupa, the sad history of Ghana’s slave castles, as well as the shocking stories of her Cape Coast, slave fortresses and their significance to her transformation were well told, written and documented.
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