Mr. Emmanuel Sin-nyet Asigri, Chief Executive Officer of the National Youth Authority (NYA), has called on all young workers to continually work towards enhancing the values of peace, unity, solidarity and friendship, to aid a solidified work environment.
Mr Sin-nyet Asigri said “a well solidified work environment would lead to a better, a more decent, more equal fairer and more just society. These are practical realities that together, we can achieve”.
The NYA Chief Executive stated spoke on May day. The 2019 Labour Day celebration is on the theme; “Sustainable Pensions For All: The Role Of Social Partners”.
Mr Sin-nyet Asigri reminded the youth of the origins of May Day, set aside to honour the contributions of organized labour, majority of who fall within the youth and energetic bracket and who were contributing immensely to the growth and development of the labour front and the nation.
He said the Day was instituted as a result of the proclamation to shorten the working day to eight hours and thereby, bringing some sanity, decency and respect in the world of work.
“Here in Ghana, it is equally important to bring into focus the contributions of government and the lead agency mandated to design and regulate the youth development agenda,” he said.
He noted that the NYA, seeks to promote the wellness and welfare of workers, especially young workers.
“Undoubtedly, the youth remain crucial to the future of trade unionism and to the strength, effectiveness and legitimacy of the labour force.
“It is in this light that the NYA calls upon unions and organizations to better respond in their programmes and activities to the needs and expectations of young workers, make them feel welcome and eliminate obstacles that hinder their full participation in these programmes”, Mr Sin-nyet Asigri said.
He also urged the Ghana Trade Union Congress to expedite the review of the TUC Youth Policy to bring it up to speed with current happenings and in line with international best practices and standards.
He again, commended the government for its pivotal role at addressing labour related concerns that had seen a great reduction in civil unrests and demonstrations especially on the labour front.
Mr Sin-nyet Asigri said Government through the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations were working tirelessly and within their mandate to enhance the employment generation frontier and providing decent work and working environment for the Ghanaian Youth.
Other departments and agencies such as the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission; Youth Employment Agency as well as other sister youth related bodies such as the National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme (NEIP) and Nation Builders Corps (NaBCO) were all working for the interest of the young worker.
He pointed out that the Ghana Labour and Forced Labour Reports had revealed that Ghana, had in recent times, made modest progress in the elimination of the worst forms of child labour.
He said in spite of the meaningful successes, the Authority nonetheless, appreciated the fact that there still remained some issues that needed to be addressed such as commercial sexual exploitation of children and the use of children for illicit activities.
He said the issue of illegal mining, which had the potential to degenerate into a national catastrophe was also a matter of concern for the NYA and that the Authority was doing its bit in supporting government efforts, through the provision of alternative livelihood programmes.
He mentioned the “Youth livelihood Farms” project, which quite recently harvested over 1,022 bags of maize from 120 acres pilot farms in the Upper West Region.
Others were the youth in street light repairs and maintenance project, in collaboration with Prefos Limited and the launch of the Authority`s flagship project “Steps Towards Employment and Productivity (STEP) programme targeting unskilled and semi-skilled youth, as some of the programmes available to cushion Ghanaian youth.