November 1, Africa Youth Day, has been commemorated at Sunyani with a call for the review of the National Youth Policy Implementation Action Plan (NYPIAP) to make it appropriate and relevant to contemporarily trends in youth development.


Mr Evans Opoku Bobie, Deputy Brong Ahafo Regional Minister and Member of Parliament (MP) for Asunafo North, who made the call in an address at the opening of a symposium to mark the occasion,   also stressed the need to continually engage the youth in consultative dialogues as well as provide avenues for them to participate in decision-making processes at all levels of development planning.


The Deputy Minister said the theme of this year’s Africa Youth Day, should be a wake-up call for Africa and, in particular, Ghana to initiate development policies that placed  the young people as the ultimate beneficiaries.


He urged the youth to take advantage of and ultimately be the beneficiaries of government intervention measures such as ‘Planting for foods and jobs’, One District-One Factory’, ‘One District-One Warehouse’ and the ‘Free Senior High School (SHS)’ programmes.


Mr Bobie urged the youth to take active part in social, economic and political matters affecting their communities since they constituted the greater part of the national population.


On entrepreneurship, he advised the youth to have a vision, be God-fearing and financially disciplined. “You can never be successful if you are not financially disciplined in life” he emphasized.


He noted, however, that for Ghana to create more jobs for the youth, private sector support was required.


In a welcome address, Mr Pascal Assan Edwards, Brong Ahafo Regional Director, National Youth Authority (NYA) reminded the youth of the significance of Africa Youth Day as a day set aside to celebrate the contribution of Africa’s youth and create the opportunity to channel youth motivation, energy and creativity toward political, social and economic renewal.


Mr. Edwards also noted that the Africa Youth Day served as a platform for young entrepreneurs in the region to share the experiences of their businesses and investments and to whip up youth interest in entrepreneurship.


He said the symposium aimed at encouraging others to be creative and innovative to overcome economic and employment challenges that the youth were confronted with.


The Regional Youth Director added that this year’s Symposium was organized to provide information on competency-based training for young people (including Persons with Disabilities) in economic activities.


In addition, he said, the Symposium aimed to showcase young entrepreneurs, stimulate discussions on entrepreneurship to inspire peers in economic ventures and to stimulate abilities of the youth.


Furthermore, Mr Edwards said, the symposium was also to enable the youth/participants identify their individual talents and skills which would enable them become the deciders and masters of their own destiny as well as being eager and able to impact positively on national development.


Africa Youth Day is a day set aside, every year, to promote and increase awareness and recognition of youthful persons as key and critical agents of positive social change and economic growth in all aspects of Africa society.


The theme for this year’s event: “Africa’s Youth for the Demographic Dividend: #Be The Future Today”, places emphasis on the role of young people in advancing Africa’s development, through realizing Agenda 2063.


Apart from the Symposium, various youth groups marched through the principal streets of Sunyani with placards, some of them read ‘Youth entrepreneurship― key to development’, ‘Youth entrepreneurs can solve youth unemployment’, ‘Youth entrepreneurs are agents of positive change’ and ‘Promoting the entrepreneurial ethics’.


Presently, Ghana has a National Youth Policy Implementation Action Policy which provides a comprehensive rollout scheme to deliver the policy programs purposed to empower Ghanaian youths for more meaningful participation in national development.


Source: ISD (Imoro Ayibani Tebra)