“If we can call our leaders into the task of empowering our science and technology sector, we will avoid situations where we have to run ‘begging’ for vaccines from other continents. COVID-19 has taught us a lot and how being self-reliant can salvage us,” he said.
The Kenyan Prof. went on to question the irony of young Africans struggling to leave the continent that is attracting people from other continents.
“Today along the streets, we see many young people from around the world-over who have decided to settle in Africa and study or even invest here. What is it that is visible to people from those countries and cannot be seen by our young people?” posed the scholar warning of future events that might lead to what happened during the colonial era.
He explained, “Our boundaries were drawn by people who are not in any way part of our daily success story today. The borders we now have should not make us think we are different from each other. They should just serve as administrative divisions.”
“It is sad to see Africans attacking each other as if we are different from each other,” Prof. PLO says, making reference to the spate of xenophobic attacks in South Africa.
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For Africa to achieve agenda 2063, a set blueprint to transform Africa to a powerhouse, the law professor said, there needs to be coordination and maximum exploitation of natural resources.
“For us to reach a point where we will be using our raw materials to produce our own finished products, young people must start as early as now researching industrialization,” he said.
During the June 16 virtual session, the leadership of AACC acknowledged that it is time African youth rose beyond their shortcomings and defended their countries.
“On this day of the African child when we also remember young people who have paid the ultimate price in the pursuit of self-governance, we urge young people across the continent to work hard and deliver Africa in their respect,” said AACC Director of programs, Rev. Lesmore Ezekiel in his closing remarks.
Rev. Lesmore added, “The church will offer prayers for energy and wisdom.”