Abidjan, 16 September, 2023 / 9:21 pm (ACI Africa).
The leadership of the Catholic Missionary Institute of Abidjan (ICMA), a philosophical and theological training institution of higher learning in Ivory Coast, has been challenged to help fill the gap of Africans, who think well of their continent.
The Provincial of the Society of African Missions (SMA) in Ghana, who doubles as the President of the Major Superiors Conference of West Africa (MSCWA) made the challenge on Monday, September 11, in his inaugural lecture during the opening of the new academic year and the launch of the 20th anniversary of ICMA.
Fr. Paul Saa-Dade Ennin said, “The resource that Africa lacks is human resources – people who think well of Africa, who think of the dignity of the African.”
The continent, Fr. Ennin added, stands in need of Africans “who think to find solutions to Africa's problems, people of integrity, engineers, innovators, entrepreneurs, sociologists, anthropologists, theologians, philosophers etc. fully trained and capable of using Africa's natural resources for the good of Africa and the fulfillment of its sons and daughters.”
“ICMA, 20 years after its establishment, must open its doors to a wider world in order to train the actors of a new world in other professional fields,” he said, and added, “Africa needs new leaders, and ICMA can play a part in this. To do this, ICMA must forge for itself a unique brand that responds to the current challenges and needs of the Church and African society.”