He said with the right attitude, young graduates could put their talents into effective use to earn a living rather than forming graduates unemployed groups.
“As young people, you have so much potential and energy which you can channel into income generating ventures rather than allowing yourselves to be used to foment troubles during elections and other activities,” he said.
Dr Manly-Spain gave the advice when he delivered a talk on the topic: “Creating your wealth, the untold story,” during the 11th Biennial Delegates Conference of the Koforidua Diocesan Methodist Youth Fellowship at Mpraeso in the Eastern Region.
The Conference was on the theme: “Upholding the Spirit of self-giving as a witness to Christ and holistic spirituality.”
According to Dr Manly-Spain, the days when the youth looked up to the government for employment was long gone, hence the need to strive for innovation and creativity in their fields of endeavours.
He said government is saddled with so many responsibilities and could therefore not create employment for every young person, hence the current unemployment rate in the country.
Dr Manly-Spain challenged the youth to set up their own businesses and employ others, adding, young people need to be focused if they want to be successful entrepreneurs.
Taking his turn to address the conference on the topic: “Youth in Politics, Challenges and the way forward,” Captain Nkrabeah Effah-Dartey (Rtd), former Member of Parliament for Berekum, urged the youth to venture into the arena of politics.
He advised them to take active part in politics to help push forward the agenda of Christ and be disciplined and resist gay and lesbian marriage.
The Conference elected six new executives to steer the affairs of the Koforidua Diocesan Methodist Youth Fellowship for the next three years.
The six new executive has Douglas Ofori-Amanfo as Chairman, Jacob Asamoadu as Vice Chairman, Samuel Appah-Peniel as Secretary, Godfred Obeng Nyame as Assistant Secretary, Daniel Adjei as Financial Secretary and Comfort Maku as Treasurer.
Reverend Ekow Ainoo Jnr, the Diocesan Youth Organiser and Brother Kwabena Frempong Fening, the outgoing Diocesan Chairman, both charged the new officers to work hard to move the youth fellowship forward.