A total of 26 young people made up of 12 males and 14 females from 13 communities in the Hohoe Municipality have held the first Youth Advisory Board’s (YAB) Mock Assembly session in the Municipality.
The Mock Assembly session which was organized by the National Youth Authority (NYA) with sponsorship from Plan International Ghana is a platform for the youth to present issues or needs identified in their communities to duty bearers at the district level for redress.
Miss Patience Awunor, Presiding Member of the Assembly on behalf of the Board in a communiqué to the Hohoe Municipal Assembly said a major concern for the young people were issues of education.
She said the youth wanted the Assembly to address concerns of provision of teaching materials, building and completion of classroom blocks, provision of teachers bungalows, ICT laboratories and computers, libraries and increasing of schools on the Ghana School Feeding Programme(GSFP).
The YAB also raised concerns on issues of security, road network, provision of potable drinking water, sanitation, and proper health care delivery as major needs of the youth in the Municipality.
The Board also urged the Municipal Assembly to institute measures to tackle indiscipline among the youth in the communities.
Mr. Jack Jones Faniyi, the Hohoe Municipal Coordinating Director who received the communiqué on behalf of the Municipal Chief Executive said most of the concerns were in the Assembly’s action plan and gave the assurance that they will be tackled.
He however asked them to reiterate the Assembly’s position on Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) in the communities to make the Municipality open defecation free.
Mr. Francis Takyi-Koranteng, Director for National Youth Authority said the exercise was to empower the youth to have a voice in local governance.
Mr. Edem Ametefe, District Development Coordinator at Plan International Ghana in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) said the session would help build the capacity of the youth to be able to advocate issues that affected them and that “they should be seen and be heard”.
The youth were from Alavanyo Abehenease, Likpe Mate, Likpe Bakua, Likpe Todome, Likpe Agbosome, Likpe Koforidua, Likpe Abrani, Santrokofi Bume, Fodome Kodzeto, Fodome Amele, Fodome Woe, Fodome Hlorma and Fodome Helu.