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National Youth Policy is an important document for nation building — NYA
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Mr Emmanuel Asigri, the Chief Executive Officer for National Youth Authority (NYA), has said the National Youth Policy, aimed at engaging the youth in achieving a meaningful development, is the most important document for nation building.
  
He said the 2010 national youth policy under review, when completed would serve as the parameter for implementing national youth policies and projects of national interest.

He made this known in Accra at the final national stakeholders’ consultation review of the 2010 national youth policy, which aims at guiding and directing the implementation of policies, programs and projects for development of the youth.
 
According to him, there had been some insightful and revealing issues through the nationwide consultative meetings, which when captured and implemented would go a long way to empower the youth in sustainable development for the majority work force in the country.


“It was very necessary we looked at the 2010 document critically and take a step-by-step look at it and build on it for national development. We have done nationwide consultations; deliberations and wide range of issues have been captured throughout the regions, which are very insightful and revealing.
 
“The existing national policy in its current form needed to be aligned to the existing policy to fit into government’s developmental agenda as well as other relevant national development protocols and frameworks such as the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) and AGENDA 2030 of the African Union.


“The final coalition would be presented to the Ministry of youth and sports and then to the Presidency for the necessary action for its implementation in 2019” he added.

Mr Robert Ahomka-Lindsey, the Deputy Minister for Trade and Industry, also noted that investing and concentrating on the youth would accelerate the nation’s development and bridge some economic gaps.

 

He said his ministry was ever ready to help the implementation of the new national youth policy document and was hopeful the policy would not only liberate the youth but also help in the President’s grand plan of achieving a Ghana beyond aid.


The national youth policy, which has nineteen priority areas including sports and recreation has seen the NYA and the Youth and Sports Ministry, constructing ten multi-purpose youth centers nationwide.

 

The centers, when completed, would have ICT Centers, entrepreneurship centers, counselling centers, modern restaurants, volleyball courts, handball courts, basketball courts, tennis courts, eight lane athletic tartan tracks, FIFA standard pitches aimed at creating a conducive atmosphere for youth empowerment and development through sports.
   
Meanwhile, the NYA had been engaged in several youth interventions like the youth in digital marketing, which has seen many youths nationwide introduced to being abreast with the current trends of trading and marketing from the comfort of their homes and towns.

 

Source: GNA