This was contained in a communique issued at the end of the two-day forum organized by Youth Empowerment for Life (YEfL), a
youth-development organization, in Tamale over the weekend and copied to the Ghana News Agency.
This year’s forum, which coincided with the African Youth Day Celebration, a day set aside to celebrate young people on the continent, was attended by selected youth from 13 districts in the Northern Region.
Issues discussed at the forum included rising youth unemployment in the country, and the roles of government, civil society organizations and the individual to arrest it.
The communique, which was signed by Mr Salifu Mahama, Programme Manager of YEfL, said making adequate funds available for effective implementation of National Youth Policy Implementation plan would help to empower the youth to contribute to national development.
It said the setting up of Committees for the Youth Employment Agency to facilitate youth activities at various levels, be made transparent and devoid of politics.
It called for a review of the current educational curricular to make training relevant for the job market to foster national development.
The communique said “There is the need to review the required year of experience for job requirements, this constantly gives room for sidelining the fresh brains needed to stimulate rapid economic growth”.
It called on government not to relent in its efforts to create an enabling environment for entrepreneurial support schemes for the youth, while enhancing public private partnerships among young entrepreneurs.
It advocated for a reform in the informal sector, with emphasis on apprenticeship to ensure self-employment.
It called on government to enforce the retirement regulations on age to make way for young people to occupy public offices.