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Engage Youth in Fruitful Ventures - Chiefs

2008-02-01 17:25:06
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The Chiefs and elders of Jimbale and neighbouring communities in the Bunkpurugu Yunyoo District, have appealed to the Government and social partners to assist them with projects that would engage the youth profitably and develop the area.

They noted with concern a high rate of unemployment facing the youth in the area, saying it was leading them to engage in unproductive things.

They said most of the young men in the area, both illiterate and those with basic education, could not find jobs that would engage them fully and profitably, and that they spent many hours idling that sometimes led them to vent their frustration on each other.

The Chiefs said this when the communities met with personnel of the Navrongo-Bolgatanga Catholic Diocesan Development Office (DDO) at Jimbale in the Bunkpurugu Yunyoo District to deliberate on reconciling the two tribes of the area, Bimoba and Konkomba, who had a conflict last September and were recovering from the losses they incurred.

They noted that the people were hardworking and could engage in agriculture irrigation during the dry season.

“We are appealing to the ministry of Food and Agriculture and development oriented organizations to help us build a dam, that would give us work, provide water to our animals and give us fresh foods during the dry season” said a spokesperson.

The community elders said the conflict was an unexpected misfortune that had destroyed a lot of property and said it was their duty to educate the youth on the need for peace.

Both sides have also greed that keeping arms in their houses was not a good practice as it encouraged the youth to use them at the least provocation.

Rev. Fr. Augustine Ayaga, Coordinator of the DDO, who organized the dialogue, said development of the area could only take place if there was peace.

“It is not possible to provide all your needs when there is no peace”, he said and advised them to reorganize themselves to initiate projects of their choice so as to attract the support from social partners.

The Diocese earlier sent 200 bags of maize and 10 bales of used clothes to help those whose property were destroyed during the conflict.

At least 748 houses and dozens of market stalls were touched during the clashes.


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