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Appointment of Mr. Henry Nana Boakye As Member Of The Governing Board Of The National Youth Authority

The Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Isaac Kwame Asiamah has sworn in Mr. Henry Nana Boakye as a member of the Governing Board of the National Youth Authority (NYA).

This follows the resignation of Mr. Arnold Boateng who also served as a member of the Board.

Mr. Henry Nana Boakye in his acceptance remarks thanked President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for the confidence reposed in him to serve on the Board.

He assured that, he will bring on board his knowledge and expertise to help develop the youth as well as work towards resolving their concerns.

He subsequently commended Hon. Asiamah for the ongoing construction works of ten (10) multipurpose Youth and Sports Centres in the country.

The Youth and Sports Minister, Hon. Isaac Kwame Asiamah on behalf of the Ministry congratulated him and reiterated Government’s mandate in the development of the youth in the country.

He charged him to be committed and dedicated while working towards the effectiveness, efficiency and value for money as part of the mandate of the Board.

The Secretary-General Of The Commonwealth Calls On The Minister For Youth And Sports

The Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Rt. Hon. Patricia Scotland, has called on the Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Isaac Kwame Asiamah to inform him of her arrival in the country to participate in the ongoing Youth Senior Officials Meeting(Africa Region) which started on Tuesday, 29th October and will end on Thursday, 31st October, 2019 in Accra.

Rt. Hon. Patricia Scotland expressed her gratitude to Government for accepting to host the meeting and ensuring its fruition and added, their interest in youth affairs is impeccable.

She noted that, this is the first meeting after the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Uganda 2017.

She stressed on the need to fill the gap between university studies and work adding that, the Innovation hub is very important and competitive.

The Secretary General of the Commonwealth disclosed that there has been deliberations to include Sports in the activities of the Commonwealth, stating that Sports is a very creative and lucrative industry which will help engage young people.

She subsequently assured the participants of the Commonwealths’ unwavering support for the Ministry in the development of youth in the country.

Hon. Isaac Kwame Asiamah on behalf of Government welcomed the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Rt. Hon. Patricia Scotland to Ghana for the Youth Senior Officials Meeting (Africa Region).

He noted that the meeting is very historic and Ghana is honored to host it adding that, the Government has taken the activities and interests of the Youth very seriously by implementing programs through the National Youth Authority (NYA) to engage the Youth productively while curbing the issue of unemployment, which is a major threat to most countries.

The Youth and Sports Minister stressed on the need for the future of the youth to be secured as well as bridge the gap between young people in academia and the industry.

The Akufo-Addo led administration saw the importance in skills acquisition thus empowering the Council for Technical and Vocational Educational Training (COTVET) to work effectively through the Ministry of Education, stressing on the Youth Development Index.

Hon. Asiamah also noted that sports is a significant tool for peace building, job creation and crime prevention; the reason behind Governments’ decision to construct ten (10) Multipurpose Youth and Sports Centers Excellence to engage young people in the country. Government will also cut sod for the other six(6) regions soon.

The Minister noted that Government is focused on its vision and mandate to see Ghana get better in all spheres adding that, funding has always been a problem, hence, steps are been taken to resolve the issue.

Present at the meeting were the Chief Director, Mr. Frank Quist, CEO of NYA, Mr. Sylvester Matthew Tetteh,
Pamella McLaren, Acting Director, Economic Youth Social Development Division
Senyo Agbohlah, Deputy Head, Office of the Secretary-General,
Layne Robinson Head, Social Policy Section and
Temi Kalijaye, Communications Officer of Commonwealth.

PRESIDENT OF THE PAN AFRICAN YOUTH UNION CALLS ON THE DEPUTY MINISTER OF YOUTH AND SPORTS

The President of the Pan African Youth Union (PYU), Mr. Aliou Oumarou has called on Hon. Curtis Perry Okudzeto to express their gratitude to government for the enormous support of the Youth Union over the years.

The Pan African Youth Union was established in 1962 based on a decision by the Heads of States in Africa to unite all youth groups on the continent.

Mr. Oumarou seized the opportunity to call for support from the government of Ghana towards their upcoming Reform and Executive Committee Meetings scheduled from 14th to 16th November, 2019.

The President of the Youth Union commended Deputy Secretary General of the Union, Mr. Ahmed Bening, a Ghanaian, for his dedication, loyalty and cooperation in the discharge of his duties.

Hon. Curtis Perry Okudzeto on behalf the Sector Minister commended the delegation for the strides they have made on the youth front on the continent through various initiatives and programmes.

He stated that the youth population in Africa is very high, thus the need to pay attention to their needs and fashion out policies towards their empowerment and reiterated government’s support in the development of youth in the country.

Hon. Okudzeto pledged government’s commitment towards the success of the meeting.

He subsequently commended Mr. Ahmed Bening for making Ghana proud and pledged Government’s support in the upcoming PYU elections.

Minister meets Board and Management of the National Youth Authority (NYA)

The Minister of Youth and Sports, Hon. Isaac Kwame Asiamah has interacted with the Board and Management of the National Youth Authority on the way forward for the Authority.

The meeting which was attended by the newly appointed AG. Chief Executive Officer and his two deputies was held in a conducive and cordial atmosphere.

He called for teamwork between the Ministry and the Agency and also between the Board and the Management.

He stated that only teamwork, dedication and commitment on the part of all the actors would ensure the full realization of the mission, vision and objectives of the Authority.

He also assured the gathering that his Ministry would continue to relate to the NYA for the benefits of the youth in the country. He disclosed that he would not interfere in the work of the Board and the Management but he would intervene when the need arose.

The Acting Board Chair Hon. Mustapha Yusif assured the Minister that the Board would not do anything to undermine the authority of the Minister. He also called for collaboration between the Ministry and the Board especially in the area of effective communication.

The AG. CEO, Mr. Sylvester Mathew Tetteh thanked the Minister for the meeting and promised to abide by the Act establishing the National Youth Authority. He also assured the Minister that he and his colleagues would work hard with the Management and staff to meet the target set out.

Opportunity was offered to the gathering where they expressed their appreciation for the meeting and promised to implement the ideas shared.

Startimes To Develop Sports At The Juvenile Level

The Startimes Group, a Chinese Broadcasting company has announced a five (5)-day training and coaching program for Ghanaian teenagers between the ages of 15 to 17.

The Chinese outfit will bring in four (4) coaches from the German Bundesliga as well as engage eight local coaches to train up to one-hundred young ones.

The Country Director for the Startimes Group, Mr. Kaixuan Wang disclosed this when he called on the Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Curtis Perry Okudzeto to brief him on the training program which will be organized by the company for the teenagers.

The Company will among other things provide free accommodation, feeding and training grounds for the one-week training program.

Hon. Curtis Perry Okudzeto expressed gratitude on behalf of the sector Ministry to the company for their continuous support to develop sports in the country.

He noted that the Ministry through the GFA Normalization Committee will facilitate the program to ensure its fruition.

Hon. Okudzeto again stated that the training program will go a long way to unearth young talents in the country as well as strengthen the relationship between government and the company.

National Conference on the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)

The 3-day forum was organized by the Ministry of Trade and Industry in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, African Union Commission and the United Nations Commission for Africa (UNECA).

The Conference dubbed “Harnessing the Benefits of African Continental Free Trade Area for a Ghana Beyond Aid” would basically serve as a foundation for unlocking Africa’s enormous economic potential as well as increasing the intra-African trade.

The Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Isaac Kwame Asiamah addressing the participants said his presentation was geared towards boosting employment opportunities for the outh in support of the AfCFTA, disclosing that initiatives rolled out by his outfit will enhance the participation of the youth in regional and cross border trade.

The sector Minister noted that the Ministry has established a Youth in Sports Programme under the Community Improvement Module of the Youth Employment Agency, where 5,000 outh are being trained and deployed in the areas of Pitch Management, Sports Coaching, Janitorial Services in sports facilities and Fitness and Wellness Instructors.

Hon. Asiamah further added that the National Youth Authority, one of the Ministry‘s agencies has signed an agreement with Ecobank Ghana to recruit 3,000 outh who have been trained in digital marketing and entrepreneurship.

He bemoaned the lack of job opportunities and avenues for the youth to channel their abundant energies and harness their creative abilities into productive ventures was a massive threat to national security and democracy.

Hon. Asiamah explained that with the African Continental Free Trade Area looking feasible, the opportunity is created for the youth to be gainfully employed, however, he advised that the forum formulates deliberate policies that favours their inclusion and development as well as build their capacities to increase their competitiveness in the AfCFTA.

He noted that for the youth to benefit from the African Free Trade Area deal, access to education is another significant factor including the training on how to take advantage of the opportunities on offer.

International Youth Day

The National Youth Authority (NYA) under the auspices of the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MOYS) in conjunction with the UNFPA joined the global community to celebrate the International Youth Day at Akuapem-Mampong.

The program is dedicated to honor the importance of the Youth in national development and peace building with this year’s theme dubbed “the role of the Youth in contributing to quality education in Ghana.“

The Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia addressing the gathering stated that the platform which seeks to dialogue on achieving quality education in Ghana rightly fits into government’s efforts’ at achieving global development agenda which intends to make education more accessible to all Ghanaian Youth irrespective of their socio-economic condition.

Dr. Bawumia noted that government sees the program as a holistic and co-ordinative approach towards bridging the existing gap in the education system ensuring equitable quality education and promoting life long opportunities for all as stated in the SDGs.

According to him human capital is a massive factor that reinforces technological change in any economy adding that the President Nana Addo is focused on the educational sector as the way of developing and building the future of the country.

Dr. Bawumia said his government under the visionary leadership of Nana Akufo-Addo has demonstrated through the introduction and implementation of innovative policies steered at transforming the education system adding that government’s investment in building the educational sector will bear great fruits in the future.

The Vice President said the Nana-Addo led administration has embarked on a digitization program which is being driven by the Youth towards changing the economy.

He advised Young people to vanquish the thoughts of impossibilities and underestimation of their own abilities as government is committed to providing the necessary infrastructures.

The Vice President Bawumia commended the National Youth Authority for its immense contributions in the pursuit of the mandates and aspirations of the government in developing the Youth as it pursues the vision of “Ghana Beyond Aid”.

The Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Isaac Kwame Asiamah called on the National Youth Authority (NYA) to reflect over this year’s theme and adopt an organizational philosophy and operational methodology that radiates the interests, passions, beliefs, values and life skills that young people need to be successful in life.

Hon. Asiamah announced that work is at the stage of completion at the various Youth and Sports Centers of Excellence in ten regions across the country adding that project will help unearth and develop the youth.

The UNFPA representative reiterated the importance of investing in human capital and stressed on the need to engage young people at any given opportunity to enable them participate in the development of their countries.

3rd Ecowas Annual Forum Of national Volunteers Agencies In West Africa Opened

The 3rd ECOWAS forum of the National Volunteer Agencies in West Africa dubbed “Volunteerism for peace and security” has been officially opened by the Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Isaac Kwame Asiamah. The forum seeks to harness the talents and energies of young leaders of various professional backgrounds and commitments for socio-economic development.

Addressing the Forum, Hon. Asiamah observed that the youth are rarely seen as stakeholders in promoting peace in their communities adding that ECOWAS is on the right track to changing this narrative owing to the tenacity of purpose of the National Volunteer Agencies.

The Sports Minister further noted that in Ghana, young people are providing inputs to government decisions that foster a more youth-friendly environment to promote entrepreneurship and reduce the incidence of youth unemployment, exploitation of the youth through human trafficking and urban-rural migration.

To this end, the Minister said an effective monitoring mechanism should be instituted to maximize the impact of the volunteer program.

The Chief Executive Officer of the National Youth Authority (NYA) Mr. Emmanuel Sin-nyet Asigri expressed his appreciation to ECOWAS for the collaboration, adding, “this is a clear indication of the commitment of member states to the Volunteers’ Programme” .

Mr Asigri was hopeful that the outcome of the forum as espoused in the theme, “volunteerism for peace and security” will contribute immensely to enriching a fit for purpose terms of reference for the functioning of a permanent secretariat of the Forum so that key actions could be identified and planned for the execution by the Member States.

Dr. Siga Fatima Jagne, Commissioner for Social Affairs and Gender, Chair, ECOWAS Volunteers Programme Regional Coordination Council stated that the ECOWAS Volunteer Program (EVP) since its inception in 2004, sort to create a pool of youthful exuberance united in their belief that volunteer engagement can be used as a tool for the promotion of development, peace building, reconciliation and national rehabilitation in post conflict countries through mobilization.

She noted that the program falls within the framework of the region’s new vision of taking regional governance to the grassroots through its ECOWAS of the people’s initiative Vision 2010.

Youth and Sports Minister opens Validation Meeting for the Africa Plan of Action for Youth Empowerment(APAYE)

The Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Isaac Kwame Asiamah has opened the Validation Meeting of the Africa Plan of Action for Youth Empowerment (APAYE) in Accra. The APAYE is a five-year continental framework and plan of action for implementing the African Youth Charter, the African Union (AU) decision on harnessing the demographic dividend through investment in youth, and the targets on youth articulated in the Agenda 2063 Ten Year Implementation Plan.

The Youth and Sports Minister, Hon. Isaac Kwame Asiamah in his address stated that the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has taken pragmatic steps aimed at creating a society of opportunities especially for the Ghanaian youth that will empower them to confront the challenges of the globally competitive world as well as realizing the aspirations of AU’s Agenda 2063 and the SDGs.

Hon. Asiamah noted that the discourse will ensure concrete steps are taken to further strengthen our understanding and expand the frontiers of Africa’s Youth Development Agenda, adding that the outcome of the meeting will guide policymakers with the African Union Member States in designing and implementing youth policies and programs at regional, national and continental levels.

The Head of Youth Division at the African Union, Ms. Prudence Ngwenya commended Government for their keen interest in youth related activities and welcoming this partnership. She also noted that the APAYE served as the AU’s overarching programmatic document which will guide and influence the efforts and contributions of key partners and stakeholders engaged in youth empowerment on the continent, adding that the APAYE is intended to enable actions and serve as a practical guide and framework for accountability to key stakeholders.

The Chief Executive Officer of the National Youth Authority (NYA), Mr. Emmanuel Sin-nyet Asigri commended the AU for the collaboration and stressed on the relevance of the Africa Plan of Action for Youth Empowerment (APAYE) which will replace the AU Decade Plan of Action for the Youth (2009 to 2018), as this is critical because Member States of the African Union are taking concrete steps towards achieving the aspirations of Agenda 2063.

He further added that the Authority is currently reviewing the National Youth Policy to make it responsive to contemporary demands and needs of the youth.

The CEO of the NYA was optimistic that the three-day validation workshop will contribute immensely to enriching a fit for purpose Africa Plan of Action for Youth Empowerment that will shape the future for the youth in the continent.

Youth Connekt Ghana Launched.

The National Youth Authority (NYA) in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and under the auspices of the Ministry of Youth and Sports has launched the Ghana Youth Connekt in Accra.

The Youth Connekt is an initiative that aims to among other things train and build the skills of young people who seek either formal employment or want to be entrepreneurs, thereby creating a multiple opportunities for the youth to participate meaningfully in the socio-economic development of the country.

Speaking at the launch of the programme, the Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports, Perry Curtis Kwabla Okudzeto believes that the initiative, which has already been successfully implemented in Rwanda would present a significant platform for young people to be empowered and effectively play their role in the country’s transformation agenda.

The Deputy Minister observed that young people are faced with myriad of challenges such as limited access to education, mentorship, finance, employment opportunities among several others.

To this end, Perry Okudzeto disclosed that government has allocated $10m as seed money for the National Entrepreneurship Innovation Plan (NEIP) to provide business advisory services, access to market and most importantly access to funding for start-ups to sustain and expand their businesses.

“In 2018, 7000 entrepreneurs across the country received entrepreneurship training under this programme while 1,300 of the 7000 were given funding support”, adding that this year, a further 10,000 entrepreneurs will be supported with 2000 people receiving funding support.

The Ministry of Youth and Sports is mandated through the NYA to ensure the development of the skills and potential of the country’s youth population.

In view of this, the Deputy Minister recounted how the Ministry through the NYA trained 2000 young people in online digital marketing and entrepreneurship across the country with each trainee receiving a tablet and data credit as a start-up tool

The Chief Executive Officer of the National Youth Employment Programme (NYEP) John Kumah revealed that his outfit in partnership with the European Union (EU) secured €4.5 billion to assist young people who are interested in start-up businesses.

Mr Kumah also disclosed that NYEP in partnership with the National Service Secretariat (NSS) has made it possible for tertiary graduates to do the mandatory National Service at their start up businesses while being entitled to the stipends that come with doing a National service.

The UNDP resident representative commended government for the Youth development innovations and pledged the UNDP’s commitment towards the realization of these youth development oriented goals of the country.

Source: PR Unit, MOYS