The Chief Executive Officer of National Youth Authority Mr. Emmanuel Sin-Nyet Asigri, has hinted that his outfit has implemented programmes aimed at improving youth development in the country.

This he said, the main objective of these programmes; is to help enhance youth development through Sports and Entrepreneurship training to equip them acquire livelihood skills in order to make valuable contributions to national development.

Mr. Asigri, made this known during this year’s end of year press soiree which was held in Accra.
Touching on infrastructural projects, he noted that work is at various stages of completion in the construction of ten (10) Youth Resource Centres (YRC) across the country.

According to him, the designed model for each of the centres is a five thousand (5000) seating capacity and incorporated with the following features :a FIFA standard football pitch , an 8-lane running track , tennis courts , handball courts , gymnasia , counselling centres , ICT Centres , entrepreneurship centres and restaurants.

Adding that, steps have also been taken to tackle the infrastructural needs of the Youth Leadership and Skills Training Institutes (YLSTIs) under the management of the Authority.

This he said, in order to enhance the visibility of the Authority, the National Secretariat of the NYA has
successfully undergone a massive facelift which has transformed it into an attraction and conducive place to operate from. All regional and district offices are earmarked for rehabilitation
works.

Stressing that, this will enable the Authority absorb personnel 2,104 from the Nation’s Builders Corps
(NABCO) to augment the inadequate staffing situation and to make the NYA operational in all
the 254 Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies in the country.

YOUTH EMPOWERMENT PROGRAMMES
According to him, with the vision to “develop the creative potentials of the Ghanaian youth and to prepare and empower them to meet their aspirations for a “Ghana Beyond Aid”
the following youth empowerment programmes and activities have been implemented in the
year under review.

This he said, three thousand (3000) young people had their capacities built in Online Marketing & Digital
Media and Entrepreneurship across the country. Each trainee was given a tablet as a start-up
tool.

As a result of the training some young people have set up their own businesses particularly
in food processing and fashion as well as service delivery.

117 graduates of the program are currently productively engaged using the Ecobank apps module that formed part of the training program.

Again, the National Youth Authority has initiated the establishment of “Youth Livelihood Farms
to complement Government’s Planting for Food and Jobs Programme.

Towards this, a 120 acre maize farm has been cultivated on a pilot basis in the Upper West Region. The project intended to be up-scaled in other regions in the first quarter of next year.

Also, a pilot poultry project has begun in the Youth Leadership & Skills Training Institute (YLSTI) at Afienya with about 2,000 layers and is also expected to be up-scaled in the other institutes.

Young Entrepreneurs In collaboration with the Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs four hundred (400) drawn from all the ten (10) regions of Ghana participated in NYA/CAYE Youth Entrepreneurship Forum that created a platform for young entrepreneurs to engage with the Vice President of Ghana on government initiatives towards strengthening youth entrepreneurship.

REVIEW OF NATIONAL YOUTH POLICY

The process of reviewing the National Youth Policy is nearing completion.
Regional and National Consultative sessions, as well as consultations with women groups and
people with disabilities were concluded this week.

A final collation of inputs elicited from the consultations will be done for the drafting of a Reviewed National Youth Policy by the consultant and presented to the National Youth Authority for study and submission to the Minister for Youth and Sports.

Partners that are supporting the review of the policy document include STAR Ghana, Commonwealth Secretariat in London, Action Aid, UNFPA and UNICEF.

PAYMENT OF FEEDING GRANTS
According to Asigri, the management under his leadership inherited feeding grants arrears for the youth Leadership and Skills Training Institute amounting to One Million Nine Hundred and Fifty Eight Thousand, Two Hundred and Two Cedis (GH ₵ 1,958,202.00) spanning over five (5) t terms. “This has fully been paid and we are current the payment of feeding grants as today,” he divulged.

Stressing that, in the year 2019 NYA will continue to assiduously to enhance the capacity of the Ghanaian youth to serve as a productive agents of the Ghanaian economy.

Source: Isaac Kofi Dzokpo/newsghana.com.gh

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