The Coalition of Civil Society Organizations in Youth Development in the Northern Region has appealed to the government to take immediate steps to inaugurate the Board of Directors for the National Youth Authority (NYA) to work towards ameliorating the plight of the youth.
The Coalition said the immediate inauguration of the Board of Directors of NYA would trigger the implementation of the NYA’s new Act (Act 939) and awaken youth development across the length and breadth of the country using the various structures.
A statement by the Coalition signed by its Acting Convenor, Miss Vera Jawol Magan
and issued to the GNA in Tamale on Wednesday to mark this year’s Africa Youth Day, said “It is against this background that delay of the inauguration of the NYA Board is an issue of great concern to the Coalition”.
Members of the Coalition include Youth Empowerment for Life (YEfL), Centre for Active Learning and Integrated Development, Youth Network for Sustainable Development, Youth Alive, Youth Opportunity Partnership Project, NORSAAC, Centre for Development and Policy Advocacy, and Empowering and Transforming Communities.
The Africa Youth Day (AYD), celebrated on November 01, every year, is dedicated to the struggle to seek recognition of the youth as key agents for socio-political change and economic growth in all aspects of the African society.
The Africa Union proclaimed and instituted the Africa Youth Day in 2006 to ensure that African youth continue to strive for ownership in Africa’s development.
This year’s event is on the theme: “Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investment in the Youth”, and it is to further highlight the importance of young people as the main contributors for a sustainable development of the continent.
The statement said “Our concern is anchored on the fact that NYA is currently operating under a new Act (Act 939) and a functional Board is urgently needed to implement the Act by taking the needed decisions/steps to immediately reverse challenges confronting the youth of Ghana”.
It also called for the drafting and adoption of the Legislative Instrument (LI) for the new Act saying this was critical to accelerate the functionality of the Board as well as instigate development initiatives that would go a long way to benefit the Ghanaian youth most especially the vulnerable youth.
It added that “We are of the considered view that vulnerable youth of Ghana will not fulfil their aspirations without full implementation of the NYA Act as well as adoption of the LI.”
The Coalition expressed confidence in the leadership of President Nana Akufo-Addo saying it believed that speedy inauguration of the NYA Board would add impetus to fulfilling the great dreams the President had for the youth of the country as well as satisfy international statutory requirements.