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Northern Youth for Peace & Dev’t launched

2010-03-02 21:51:18
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The Northern Youth for Peace Development, an amalgamation of various youth groups of the three regions of the north has been launched in Tamale with a call on the youth to act as Millennium Ambassadors of change to get Northern Ghana out of its underdeveloped nature.

Deputy northern regional minister designate, Mr. Nasamu Asabigi expressed this worry at the launch and attributed northern Ghana’s socio-economic disrepair to chieftaincy, political, land and its related conflicts that have bedeviled the area since time immemorial.

He regretted that the youth have been very instrumental in these conflicts and challenged them to re-channel their resources into productive ventures that will bridge the yawning gap between southern and northern Ghana.

Mr. Nasamu Asabigi said the three regions of the north have produced scholars whose contribution towards nation building was immeasurable but complained that they have been divided over petty squabble that has drawn the area’s image into disrepute.

The Deputy northern regional minister challenged all well placed persons of northern decent in strategic positions to shift from the paradigm of what he referred to as divide and rule and concentrate on building the youth through education.

For his part, Alhaji Gilbert Seidu Iddi, former northern regional minister bemoaned that government’s agenda to develop northern Ghana with the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority concept will be a useless venture if the conflicts continued unabated.

He also underscored the need for the youth to shift from the paradigm of destruction to construction through community self help projects as a means of eradicating their common enemies of poverty, hunger, malnutrition and ignorance.

President of the Northern Youth for Peace and Development, Yahaya Abdul Rauf said the group was formed to unite the youth of northern Ghana to develop a common agenda that bring meaningful development to the under-served communities.

He said improvement in education, health, infrastructure and poverty eradication was very necessary in today’s northern Ghana and that the youth could be the only driving force.

Mr. Rauf challenged his colleagues to shun self seeking personalities who use them to achieve their parochial interest by engaging them in trouble making in their communities.

This was the group that threatened to hit the street on March 1st if the vetting committee of Parliament does not rescind its decision to carry further investigations into the acquisition of tractors by Mr. Mahama Ayariga to support poor northern farmers.

The General Secretary Mohammed Abdul Mumin condemned the vetting committee for dragging Mr. Mahama Ayariga’s feet in- connection with his recent nomination as Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry.

The group found it totally unacceptable and embarrassing Parliament vetting committee’s "deliberate attempt to frustrate" Mr. Ayariga as Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry despite his exoneration by the outcome of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice findings.


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