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Speech Delivered by Rev. Prof. E. Kingsley Larbi on August 21, 2010, on the Occasion of the Inauguration of the Regent-Ghana Alumni


Mr. Chairman
Deputy Minister of Local Government
Regent-Ghana alumni
Faculty and Staff
Students
The Press
Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen

 

The vision for a new world and a new society has, over the years, fired the imagination and zeal of visionaries as well as religious and social reformers. The Bible says that where there is no vision the people lose the sense of direction and therefore perish (Prov. 29:18).

We are all here today to witness the formal inauguration of the Alumnae of the Regent University College of Science and Technology. The alumni of every institution have the potential to live out in the real world, the vision, mission, and ideals of the institutions they represent. The alumnae are expected, by word and deed, to play a strategic role in the realization of the institutional mission and vision. The Regent-Ghana Alumnae cannot be different.

Regent-Ghana, as an institution, carries the pains and aspirations of our nation and our continent. In terms of the availability of natural resources, only few continents, if any, can match Africa. It is estimated that over 40% of the world’s natural resources are deposited in Africa. In spite of this reality, the bulk of the world’s poorest nations is found on the continent of Africa. Ghana as a nation, cannot balance its national budget without assistance from donor agencies.

Our greatest challenge is not lack of adequate resources; rather, it is lack of an effective, visionary and passionate leadership which will help to positively exploit and manage, for the collective benefit of the daughters and sons of Africa, the resources that God has generously endowed this great continent.

As a nation, and as a continent, we cannot make progress unless we have visionary, self-less, and passionate leaders at various levels of our society; leaders who will see the positions they occupy in society and the power that they wield, as a tool to help in the emancipation of our people from indignities of poverty, disease, filth, and illiteracy.

In our part of the world, pathetically, when we hear people shouting “We want power” and others say, “We want to retain power,” these slogans and platitudes, more often than not, do not embody the quest for power to serve and to alleviate the sufferings of our people; rather, it is a quest for power for sheer personal self-aggrandizement.

This is the pain of Regent-Ghana; it is the pain we expect members of the Regent-Ghana Alumni, and all those associated with the Regent-Ghana vision, to carry. As members of the Regent-Ghana Alumnae you are not to see yourselves as royals; rather, you are to see yourselves as crusaders fighting for positive change.

You are to catch a vision for a new Ghana and a new Africa;

You are to be men and women with a strong passion for change;

You are to be a people who will not take no for an answer when it comes to the challenges confronting us as a people;

You must see yourselves working to alleviate the causes and consequences of poverty, illiteracy, disease, and filth.

 

Where there is darkness, you must bring light; where there is death and decay, you must bring life.

Karl Max, wrote in his theses published in 1888 that “Philosophers have only in various ways interpreted the world; the point, however, is to change it.”

Jesus, Christ, the greatest man who has changed the course of history, for good, say in Luke 4:18-19:

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me;
Because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor;
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and the recovery of sight to the blind;
To release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.

Elsewhere, He says, “As the Father has sent me, so send I you.”

As positive crusaders, you must shout from the roof tops, that together with God, we will win; You must let the people know:

That the fear of God, a vision and passion for a new world, and a new reality, hard-work, perseverance, courage, discipline, and a desire to be of service to humanity, will continue to be the timeless keys to success. Emulate these. God being on our side, Ghana shall be saved! And Africa, the sleeping giant, shall arise!

Thank you and God bless you all.