Former President John Agyekum Kufuor and other eminent persons have underscored the need for African countries to use stronger institutions and quality leadership to develop the continent.

President Kufuor said good leadership is a critical prerequisite for good governance, which in turn delivers the required environment for development.

He was speaking Thursday September 12, in Accra, at the John A. Kufuor Foundation’s 3rd Global Development Lecture on the theme: “Africa – Emerging Economies & Globalisation”,

He said leadership therefore should be nurtured, and called on students to use the opportunity of schooling to interact and expand their mental horizons so that when they come out of school, they can help proffer solutions.

“We all know our continent is afflicted. Diseases, ignorance, poverty, dictatorships and so on, we need to tackle all these things and nobody is going to come from outside to do these works for us, we must do them to make our name into the developed world.”

President Kufuor said when Africa has related to other continents, it has done so from a position of disadvantage, her rich mineral resources exploited and carted away, while the continent suffer the indignation and scorn of the exploiters.

Pragmatism rather than posturing is what is needed, he re-echoed words attributed to Dr. Trevor Manuel, South Africa’s National Planning Commission Minister, saying it is a critical maxim that must be inculcated in the African for the work ahead.

Former President Kufuor who said the foundation aims to promote and advance leadership, good governance and development on the African continent, also pointed out that real and rounded development with high quality of life for all the people on sustained basis is the dream of all nations.