Youth worried over delay in implementing policy

Mr Ras Mubarak

Mr Ras Mubarak

Wa, Jan. 28, GNA – Participants at a ‘Youth Parliament’ held in Wa on Saturday were disgusted with delays in preparing an action plan to support the implementation of the national youth policy.

They said the delay showed that authorities did not care much about the aspirations of the youth and had therefore relegated issues concerning them to the background.

They expressed these sentiments when Mr Ras Mubarak, Executive Director of the National Youth Authority (NYA) addressed them.

Mr Mubarak had told them that selected youth groups from all districts of the country would meet in Accra on January 30 to validate an action plan on the policy.

He said the first thing he did when he became head of the NYA was to prepare the action plan as a measure of implementing the youth policy which was launched in August 2010

The ‘Youth Parliament’ which is held annually was instituted in 2011 by the Upper West Regional Directorate of the NYA with sponsorship from district assemblies in the region.

It gives a platform for selected youth drawn from second-cycle and tertiary institutions in the region to create a parliamentary environment to learn parliamentary procedures, debate on issues affecting the youth and come out with a communiqué on their resolution.

Mr Mubarak said the national youth policy provided a clear direction and comprehensive frame work within which stakeholders in youth development could work together to achieve their aim.

Touching on youth unemployment, he said the restrictive employment practices such as ‘no experience no job, no job no experience’ had made it impossible for the youth to get employment.

One means of addressing this problem, he suggested, was to propose strategic interventions to attract the youth to the agricultural sector.

‘To do this, agriculture must be transformed from subsistence to commercial farming, where farmers undertake agriculture as a business that could help them to earn more income,’ he said.

He pointed out that natural resources alone could not make a nation rich and powerful but rather the quality and wealth of the human capital of a nation would harness such resources.

This, he noted, meant ‘investing in people, investing in young people and investing in youth.’

Mr Mubarak said the government was therefore instituting a programme that would encourage the youth to come up with individual entrepreneurial projects that could be supported.

Mr Mumuni Suleman, Upper West Regional Director of the NYA said the Youth Parliament which was instituted in 2011 was not a mock parliament but one that always came out with communiqués that lobbied for change.

He expressed the hope that the Youth Parliament would become a national event in the near future.

Participants wondered why it had taken the NYA over three years to draw an action plan on the national youth policy.


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