The Foundation for Security and Development in Africa (FOSDA) has disclosed that government can solve the prevailing youth unemployment challenge by tackling three (3) key requests made in the Youth Manifesto Launch.
According to FOSDA, out of the ten (10) key development challenges stated in the Youth Manifesto, three stood out namely employment, skill development, and good governance.
“Last year, when the young people spoke through the Youth Manifesto Launch, they identify 10 key development challenges from their perspectives. I am not going to bore you with all but the top 3. 28% of Young people want employment; 24% skills development and 16% good governance (participations in decision), FOSDA disclosed.
The Programmes Manager and Head of Research for FOSDA, Solomon Okai made these statements during his solidarity message on the National Accountability Forum on the National Youth Authority’s (NYA) Utilization of the 5% District Common Assembly Fund.
The event held at Ange Hill Hotel East Legon-Accra brought together various youth groups across the country under the National Network of Youth Groups (NNOYG).
“As a Security-focused organization, FOSDA firmly believes that when these top 3 youth development areas are given priority, we will be minimizing the surety threats of violence and extremist radicalization in the medium and long term perspectives,” Solomon Okai reiterated.
The President of the National Network of Youth Groups (NNOYG), Ali Ibrahim delivering his address pointed out that funding issues have been significant for the National Youth Authority.
He said since 2017 the National Youth Authority (NYA) has received 5% of the District Assembly Common Fund hence the youth of the country have to know what the money has been used for over the years for the benefit of young people.
“By rough estimate from 2007 to 2021 an amount over four hundred million Ghana cedis (Ghc400million) was given to NYA,” he alleged.
Ali Ibrahim stated that it is incumbent on the NYA to come out and explain to Ghanaians how they are using these monies effectively for youth development in the country.
“So basically, this particular forum we seek to create the platform as young people to share and learn on issues that are affecting us. We also seek to provide through this platform to demand accountability from the NYA on the utilization of the 5% for the benefit of the young people,” he stated.
The President for NNOYG further stated that the forum was aimed to afford young people the opportunity to understand issues of accountability and how they can effectively engage duty bearers on how to be accountable to the Ghanaian youth.
By: Isaac Dzidzoamenu