Mr. Francis Egu Lansana observed that today, almost half of the world's population is youth and are under the age of 30 and young people everywhere, including in Vahun will not only determine “our future, they define what the world looks like today.”
According to him, young people are at the forefront of change and innovation and have the spirit to make things happen.
“They just need to be ignited and given the chance to prove themselves. I have seen it within so many fields in my work; in the work we do with young social entrepreneurs, and with adolescent’s development issues to name a few areas,” he stated.
“So we truly need young people’s voices. As a society I don’t think we can make positive change without truly listen to young people and to develop their skills,” he further stated.
Lansana was speaking on Friday, July 26, 2019 during the induction ceremony of the Vahun District Youth Leadership, in Vahun, Lofa County.
Speaking on the theme; Youth Inclusion in Leadership: A Path to Peace and Sustainable Development, the young Liberian educator intimated: “We believe in the power of young people. We know that every young person has a potential to fulfill. And we know that when they are recognized for their qualities, they can create a strong society together. So we hope that as you take on your various leadership responsibilities today, you will provide a platform for all of us to discuss just how we can do that.”
“But leadership requires the presence of others—the people you’re leading. When we think about leadership in Vahun history, we are likely to think of Ngombu Tejah, Late Chief Alpha Lalugbah, the Late P.C Brima Ganda, the late oldman Fofie Kanneh and the rest of their kinds whose services, hard works and sacrifices made us to be here today. May God Grant Them Paradise.”
“Leadership is a movement! Leaders are people with multitudes behind them, looking to them for direction. And when we think of solitude, we are apt to think of snake, a creature that normally lives alone and only look for themselves what to eat for a day. This is the kind of leadership that Vahun is currently confronted with at the highest pick.”
“Leadership is what you are here to perform—the qualities of character and mind that will make you fit in the future to become a clan chief, paramount chief and beyond. Solitude is what you have the least of here, especially as the head of the young people; you don’t even have privacy, the opportunity simply to be physically alone.”
“When we talk about good leadership, we mean a leader with the characteristics of Consultative, Accountable, Respect for all, Transparent, Self-esteem, Honest and Unbiased.”