Naa Seidu Braimah and Sir Dr Edward Gyader, Members of the Council of State, and Konjiehie Naa Yussif Mumuni, the Director of Finance at the office of the President, are among the distinguished personalities who picked the awards.
The award was organised by the Youth Placement and Employability Solutions (Y-PES) Ghana in conjunction with the National Youth Authority (NYA) in appreciation of the exemplary leadership and contributions of the awardees towards the development of the youth and society.
Mr Mumuni Sulemana, the Upper West Regional Director of the NYA, said: “A nation that does not honour its heroes is not worth dying for.”
He thanked the awardees for accepting the honour and appealed to them to let it be a source of motivation and encouragement for them to do more to help develop the youth and society.
Mr Sulemana expressed the hope that the award scheme would attract the necessary support from well-meaning Ghanaians, especially those from northern Ghana, to enable it to grow into a national event.
Mr Shaibu Poleenaa Suntaama, the Y-PES Ghana Co-ordinator, said his organisation and the NYA had introduced a project to help train the youth in handicraft to enable them to become useful to themselves and their families.
He said the two organisations would continue to collaborate to expose the youth to opportunities and appealed for support to enable them to implement their programmes.
Naa Bob Loggah, the Tibani Naa, who was the guest speaker, said the Northern Savannah Zone was destined for success but that could only happen when the youth properly acquired employable skills to contribute their quota effectively towards developing the north.
He challenged all to endeavour to create a good environment to enable the youth to grow to realise their fullest potentials and advised the youth against indulging in violence as the country heads for the 2016 election.
Mr Bagbin, who spoke on behalf of the awardees, described the award as a pleasant surprise, saying he received a similar award from the NYA some few years back.
He urged all who are wealthy in society to endeavour to invest in the youth to attract more blessings from God.
Mr Bagbin, the Member of Parliament for Nadowli-Kaleo Constituency, noted that the north is the future of the country but needs the right attention and investment to develop and fully assume its position.
He said: “Wealth without work and knowledge without character are serious blunders” and advised the youth to guard against committing those blunders.
“Politics without principle is suicide,” he said, and urged his colleague politicians to equally beware and guard against it.