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Tamale MCE Calls For National Youth Policy

2007-03-06 22:41:26
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Mohammed Amin
THE METROPOLITAN Chief Executive (MCE) of Tamale, Mohammed Amin Adam has called on the youth of this country to express their full commitment and build a strong voice to consolidate and build on the gains in the nation’s democracy as Ghana celebrates her 50th Independence Anniversary.

He enjoined the youth to clash with anybody or organization that would seek to undermine, disrupt and destroy the nation’s democracy which had caught on well with the people.

Mr. Amin Adam made this call when he addressed a youth symposium organized by the Coalition of Liberal Youth (CLY) in Tamale to help edify the youth about the relevance of Ghana’s 50th anniversary.

He noted that the nation urgently required a National Youth Policy that would create the platform for youth development especially in leadership and entrepreneurship, adding that the youth required relevant knowledge and skills that would define their levels of productivity and thereby accelerate socio-economic growth.

“If Ghana is to achieve a middle-income status, the youth should be looked at as the engine for growth,” he stressed. The MCE also criticized the National Youth Council (NYC) for not promoting its usefulness in the current complex and fast moving global arena, and called for a possible review in the youth legislation.

Mr. Amin indicated that the review would ensure a proper definition of youth and as well empower institutions in youth development and identify legal sources of investment that would target youth empowerment.

He called on the government to endeavour to expose the youth to modern and innovative ways of accessing financial facilities to engage in productive businesses and expressed regret about the failure of the Youth Development Fund, which was set up for the purpose of alleviating idleness and unemployment among the youth.

He suggested that, the National Youth Employment Programme should fill the existing financing gap for youth employment and not only focus on job placement.

Speaking at the occasion, the Executive Secretary of the Coalition of Liberal Youth, Mr. Samuel K. Frimpong urged Ghanaians to celebrate the non-interference in Ghana’s democracy by the military for the past 14 years.

In spite of the difficult times Ghanaians had faced since independence, Mr. Frimpong challenged them to close the past chapters and fully participate in the 50th Anniversary celebration.

He called, however, on the youth of the country to learn from the past and correct their mistakes while they build on the successes, so as to ensure a better 50 years to come.

Meanwhile, the symposium, which was to boost public euphoria for the 50th Anniversary, had a very impressive turnout with other exciting activities.

source: Chronicle

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