Africa has had it young people endangered severally and in varied ways. Even in countries without war young people have died of hunger, diseases, and extreme poverty. Many others have also had their vulnerability exploited and taken advantage of and are now fighting wars they did not start. ?
From Accra to Abidjan, Abuja to Addis Ababa, Cairo to Tunis, young people continue to be traumatised by the sketches and scares of wars, political instabilities, militancy, poverty, illiteracy, and leadership indecisions.
In my own country, Ghana, my generation now endures a new outcome of political indecisions in the payment of judgement debts. On Thursday news broke of Ghana?s new judgement debt to the tune $12 million. This is to be paid to one Balkan Energy.
Injustices to young people have not occurred at the ?crack of dawn? as happened in the destruction of some campus toll booths. They have been under the full glare of able-bodied men and women, including the very powerful and the most influential. Yet not much condemnation and even more extreme, strife has been heard and seen in the defence of this generation.
Today some minority MPs who have been sitting in ?idle silence? while the GYEEDA rot continues to be ?patronised? and ?romanticised? claim to have some damning report ready to be released to the public. For me it is better saved for their own humbug.
Earlier some 80 others filed a motion to demand investigations into the sale of the Bank, while some other released funds for nationwide demonstrations against this same transaction.
Teachers in Ghana have on several occasions gone on strike to demand better conditions of service without even a press release to demand improved learning for their students. Perhaps to these teachers they do not mind driving in a ?wrapped 4-wheel drive air-conditioned vehicle? to teach in a ?roofless? school. After all it is for some young people.
The over 693,000 youth who gathered at the Abuja National Stadium did not come to me new nor strange. Sometime in 2010 at the peak of my service I got a taste of this ?blunt?. This was when I was shortlisted among 900 other applicants to kick start processes to be enlisted into the Ghana Armed Forces at the El-Wak stadium. As a ?beat? and a mark of victory I gathered that over 5475 people have applied for the 100 slots, vacant in the officer?s category.
This may not be as huge as that of Nigeria six million youth reported to have applied for the little over 4556 vacancies. But at least it a reasonable sample to make you understand the hard reality of the mammoth army of unemployed youths across the continent desperately needing job.
Again I am privileged to learn of Nigeria?s 54% youth unemployment rate. Thanks to their National Bureau of Statistics (NBS}
Going to the substantive issue, these two caught my opinion. Deaths and the aftermath silence. This is not to suggest my ignorance of a call on the minister of interior to resign by some political groups.
At least I know of the calls by the All Progressive Congress, its parliamentary caucus, as well as the
Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP). But in as far as this resonate some political paroxysm, it has to pass my commendation. Even if it has been otherwise, then I will have to wonder if this all that can be done to avenge the future and find justice for the departed, calls for resignations.
I believe much can be achieved with a stand up, proposal of actions, and a collective force to demand implementations of youth enactments within seconds.
It is very much regrettable for young people to die in search of jobs whiles the continent sit in shame and silence. Not even a statement from the agencies of youth and students.
For now the best that has happened to these souls has been queries from the president while the authorities continue to sit tight and lofty as they plot with their panel to investigate the stampede.
Africa?s youth may be hugely burdened but this silence particularly from its front breaks them entirely.
Know that I am first a youth and second a Ghanaian. Perhaps, then will my African identity follow.