Mr Mumuni Sulemana, Upper West Regional Coordinator of the National Youth Authority (NYA), has appealed to the youth to channel their exuberance into meaningful and productive ventures to benefit the entire society.
He said unproductive exuberance does gravely affect the society, hence, the need to channel that into areas that would not only promote productivity but would also bring honour to the youth.
Mr Sulemana, who made the appeal during the NYA Regional commemoration of the International Youth Day, said peace is a pre-requisite for national development and urged the youth to protect and promote peace in the country.
“We are all aware that no society can grow in chaos, likewise Ghana cannot develop without peace and we the youth ought to be the ones to uphold and safeguard the peace in this country”, he said.
“As young people in this region, we should be mindful of the fact that our region is far behind in terms of development and our activities will determine the rate of development of this region” he said.
Mr Sulemana urged the youth to respect the elderly in the society as well as to tap into the wisdom and experiences of the aged for their development.
Speaking on the theme: “Youth Building Peace”, Mr Amidu Chinnia Issahaku, the Deputy Upper West Regional Minister, said there is the need for the youth to promote peace in their communities irrespective of their religious denomination, ethnic and political affiliations in order to help promote development in the country.
He said the youthful age of Africa and for that matter Ghana was a “blessing since the productive age groups can be harnessed to change the dynamics in our socio-economic development project”.
Mr Ishahaku said government has initiated several policies to equip the youth with the necessary skills and knowledge to enable them to contribute meaningfully to the national development agenda.
Mr Emmanuel Danyomah, the Upper West Regional Executive Secretary of the National Peace Council, said ensuring peace in society is a shared responsibility with the youth at the forefront.
He entreated the youth to respect one another, adhere to appropriate channels of communication to register their grievances and to respect laws, traditional and religious values.