Government, IMF, Accommodation Facility for Kayayei in the Offing

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Government of Ghana through the Ministry of Youth and Sports are set to build an ultra-modern accommodation facility for female head porters in Accra.

This was discussed when the IMF country representative to Ghana, Dr Albert Touna Mama, paid a courtesy call on the deputy Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Curtis Perry Okudzeto at the Ministry on Friday, May 10, 2019.

According to Dr. Albert Touna Mama, as part of the social responsibility of the IMF, it is customary that when the IMF boss visits a country as she did in Ghana last year, she picks a charity she wants to support. The IMF local office in Ghana has therefore decided to build a center in Accra for female head porters especially when the IMF boss met and interacted with traders in Agbogbloshie market and Kayayei during her visit to Ghana.

The facility when completed will not only provide accommodation to Kayayei but also help them to learn a skill so they can move out of the streets permanently.

In response to the proposal by IMF Country Representative, the Deputy Minister, lauded the IMF for coming on board to support female head porters in Ghana, indicating that providing accommodation to them is an initiative that has already been captured in the manifesto of Government and so establishing one with support from the IMF is something Government will gladly want to be involved in.

“Is exciting to note that the IMF is stepping out of the financial sector and entering into the social space and we are happy to be a beneficiary of this move. The focus of Government is to reduce the disparities between the rural and urban areas, that is why Government has decided to execute the one village one dam especially in the north where the women usually migrate from. When this is done, we guarantee that there will be farming all year round reducing the tendency of moving down south during the dry season. More so, Government has created a development Authority for the Northern belt to create more opportunities plus the roll out of the one district-one factory initiative, however all these measures will take time, that is why we welcome your intervention of providing accommodation and a training centers for Kayayei whilst we roll out more measures to reduce the Kayayei phenomenon ” the deputy Minister said.

Present at the meeting was the Chief Executive Officer of the National Youth Authority, Mr. Emmanuel Sin-nyet Asigri and Chief Director of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Mr. Frank Quist.

Ministry of Youth and Sports, Miss Ghana Foundation explores possible ways of collaboration

The Ministry of Youth and Sports and Miss Ghana Foundation on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, held a meeting to discuss potential ways of collaboration.

The discussions centered on issues relating to women involvement in sports, mentoring sessions for students, volunteerism, the pageants and involvement of more youth in activities of the foundation. The meeting also looked at the national youth development agenda and the role of the foundation.

Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Curtis Perry Okudzeto spoke about the need for the foundation to engage more with the ministry. He commended the foundation for ensuring that the Miss Ghana brand has stood the test of time. It must therefore be used to drive discussions on youth involvement in national development.

“ As a nation we can’t ignore the huge contribution such events have made to society, however, we need to change the outlook from just presenting awards to a winner to how we can use pageants as a vehicle to correct some of the ills in society” he said.

Mariam Inna Patty, the Chief Executive Officer of the Miss Ghana Foundation mentioned that a partnership with the Ministry will go a long way to enhance the ability of the foundation to work towards empowering more Ghanaian women across the country.

Present at the meeting was the Chief Director of the Ministry, Mr. Frank Quist and Sports consultant, Mr. Magnus RexDanquah.

Ghana and Israel to Explore Areas in Youth and Sports Development

The Israeli Ambassador to Ghana, HE Ms Shani Cooper-Zubida today called on the Deputy Minister Hon. Curtis Perry Kwabla Okudzeto.

The visit of the Israeli Ambassador was among other things to deepened bilateral relations and most importantly explore areas of cooperation for the mutual benefits of both countries.

Having observed the potential of Ghanaian youth in areas of entrepreneurship, the Ambassador indicated her country’s readiness to assist in nurturing the capacity of the youth with innovative ideas.

The Ambassador was also open to using Israel’s thriving technology industry to boost and improve the fortunes of Ghana Sports.

The Deputy Minister expressed his appreciation to Israel for its readiness to support youth development initiatives in the country. He said the National Youth Authority (NYA), an agency mandated to champion youth development will welcome any ideas to that effect.

As Ghana prepares to host the 2023 African Games with the construction of a state of the art Olympic Sport stadium and other sporting facilities, Hon Curtis Perry Kwabla Okudzeto was hopeful that Israel, as one of the world leading technology hub will complement Ghana’s effort with technology-based ideas to make the continental sporting event a successful one.

Also in the meeting was a Senior Strategic Innovation Advisor at Israel’s Peres Centre for Peace and Innovation, Mr Oren Simanian as well as the Chief Director of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Mr Frank Quist.

Boys and Girls Scouts Fellowships must be formed in every district

The deputy Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Curtis Perry Okudzeto has charged the International Scout and Guides Fellowship to form boys and girls scouts groups in every district in Ghana.

Addressing participants at the opening ceremony of the 3rd International Scouts and Guilds Africa Regional Conference in Accra, the deputy Minister indicated that boys and girls scout groups have an important role to play in maintaining discipline among young people in Ghana.

According to Hon. Curtis Perry Okudzeto, scouting and guiding is a crucial means to identify and develop the talents and capacities of young people at an early stage. He also added that by embracing scouting and guiding, the nation can convert its varied youthful human resources into national assets.

“Building a strong fundamental for young people is vital to safeguarding and securing their future. We must instill in them discipline, hard work, patriotism and various virtues, this we can achieve by exposing them to the principles of guides and scouts” he said.

“The Nana Addo led Government is passionate about the well being of the Ghanaian youth, a more reason why Government is investing a lot into the free Senior High School Policy, reviewing the National Youth Policy to be in conformity with global trends and issues and also building 10 multi-purpose youth centers across the country” he added.

The Deputy Minister further revealed that the Ministry looks forward to collaborating with the International Scout and Guides Fellowship towards expanding their reach to help identify and support the potentials of Ghanaian youth.
Present at the opening ceremony of the 3rd International Scouts and Guilds Africa Regional Conference was the US Ambassador to Ghana, Her Excellency, Stephanie S. Sullivan, who recounted her days as a girl guide and admonished the International Scout and Guides Fellowship to do more.

Youth Training Institutes Get New Facilities

The Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Isaac Kwame Asiamah (MP) has inspected a newly constructed girls dormitory at the Kofi Annan Youth Leadership, Skills and Training Institute (YLSTI) at Ajumako in the Central Region.

This follows a similar exercise conducted by the sector Minister at the Takrowase Institute in the Eastern Region, where another dormitory facility has been constructed.

During the inspection, the sector Minister explained that the purpose of these Institutions is to train the youth in employable skills (trade and vocation) in the areas of dressmaking, carpentry, metal fabrication amongst others and urged the youth to be focused and determined in their pursuit.

The Minister, however, bemoaned the years of neglect and failure to maintain the centres, disclosing that as part of the President’s vision, these institutes would be reformed, run professionally and rolled into the educational sector.

The Deputy Central Regional Minister, Hon. Thomas Agyei-Baffour expressed gratitude to the government for putting up such an edifice adding that he was delighted the region was one of the beneficiaries.

Hon. Baffour also called on the school Authorities and Management to ensure a rigorous maintenance culture to keep the facility in good shape for a long period of time.

The Principal of the Institute, Mrs Lydia Sefa Mawusi expressed her appreciation to Government for delivering on its promise.

Sector Minister Inspects Construction of New Skills Training Institutes

Youth and Sports Minister, Hon. Isaac Kwame Asiamah inspected the construction of a boys dormitory for the Youth Leadership and Skills Training Institute (YLSTI) at Takrowase in the Eastern Region.

The Takrowase Youth Leadership and Skills Training Institute is among eleven (11) centres that has undergone decent face-lift across the country.

The Minister is also expected to visit and inspect rehabilitation works at other YLSTI centres.

Youth And Sports Minister Urges NUGS To Form A United Student Front

The Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Isaac Kwame Asiamah has urged the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) to undertake reforms in its policies to embrace both the public and private tertiary institutions as one united student front in Ghana.

The Minister believes a one united and strong student front will go a long way to influence policies and decision – making in the country.

Hon. Asiamah made this call when a delegation from the Union led by its President, Mr. Tinkaro Asare called on him.

The Sector Minister, however, lauded NUGS for exemplary leadership for student front in the country and reiterated the government’s commitment towards youth development.

In view of this, the Minister tasked the leadership of NUGS to form a partnership with the National Youth Authority (NYA) in their national volunteerism project to rekindle the spirit of volunteerism and patriotism in the youth.

The Minister entreated students in tertiary institutions to desist from all forms of violence related activities but rather urged that appropriate channels are used in addressing grievances.

NUGS President Mr. Tinkaro Asare acknowledged the efforts by the Ministry towards youth development and appealed to the Sector Ministry to assist the Union to resolve some of its challenges to enable it to run its secretariat effectively.

Commonwealth Supports Government’s effort to review National Youth Policy

The programme Manager at the Commonwealth Secretariat, Mr. Sushil Ram has paid a courtesy call on the Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Isaac Asiamah.

Discussions were held on measures and steps taken by the Ministry through its agency, the National Youth Authority to review Ghana’s National Youth Policy.

Mr.Sushil Ram on behalf of the Commonwealth Secretariat announced the decision of the secretariat to support Government’s effort of reviewing the Youth Policy with a consultant, who will augment the stellar work done so far.

The consultant, Mr. Micheal Boampong will assist the National Youth Authority and all stakeholders to complete and relaunch a policy that captures the hopes and aspirations of the Ghanaian youth.

Ghana has also been selected to host a high-powered ministerial meeting for Youth Ministers in Africa later this year. The meeting enables government ministers and senior officials to share good practices, debate emerging issues, take stock of pioneering initiatives and forge new partnerships for resourcing youth development.

Present at the meeting was the Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Curtis Perry Okudzeto, the Chief Executive Officer of the National Youth Authority, Mr. Emmanuel Asigri ,Director of Human Resource of the National Youth Authority , Mr. Ekow Eshum and Consultant, Mr. Micheal Boampong.

Deputy Minister For Youth and Sports Attends The Second Commonwealth Youth Ministerial Taskforce Meeting In Malta

The Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Curtis Perry Kwabla Okudzeto has led a delegation to Malta to participate in the Second Commonwealth Youth Ministerial Taskforce Meeting.

The Second Ministerial Taskforce Meeting is under the theme: “Resourcing & Financing Youth Development: Empowering Young People.

Addressing the plenary, on November 5, the Deputy Minister was hopeful that the YouthConnekt Summit which was held in Rwanda would go a long way to continue to propel entrepreneurship, creativity and innovative drive among young people to take advantage of job creation opportunities in the digital space and other areas.

He noted that the YouthConnekt programme is a multifaceted Youth Empowerment Model focused on leveraging youth employability, entrepreneurship and civic engagement through innovation.

Outlining some of the initiatives undertaken by the Akufo-Addo Government, Hon. Curtis Perry Kwabla Okudzeto disclosed the Nation Builders Corps (NABCO), National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Plan (NEIP) and the Youth Livelihood Farms programme spearheaded by the National Youth Authority (NYA) to help reduce youth unemployment.

He explained that under NABCO, One Hundred Thousand (100,000) graduates have been enrolled in a move to address graduate unemployment with the focus on health, education, agriculture, technology, governance and drive revenue mobilization whilst NEIP has also been supported with an amount of Ten Million Dollars (US$10,000,000.00) as seed fund for startups for young people with entrepreneurial ideas and projects.

Expressing concerns on the fight against drug abuse, the Deputy Minister stated, “The recent development in the abuse of the use of tramadol and other substances has become a worrying trend. The National Youth Authority (NYA) through its operational outlets in the regions and districts has launched the Campaign against Tramadol and substance abuse during the 2018 International Youth Day. The next step is to establish Rehabilitation Centers across the country to rehabilitate victims of Tramadol and other substance abuse”.

Hon. Okudzeto, recommended to the meeting that a platform should be created at the Commonwealth Secretariat, to collect and collate progress made by member countries on commitments or resolutions made at the 9th Commonwealth Youth Ministers’ Meeting in the various sub-region. This he believes will promote effectiveness in the role of the Taskforce.

The delegation included the Chief Executive Officer of the National Youth Authority, Emmanuel Signyet Asigri, Mrs. Dianah Boateng, Protocol Officer, Ministry of Youth and Sports, Director for Administration (NYA), Mr. Ekow Eshun, Administrative Officer (NYA), Miss Anita Abonyi and Miss Agnes Ashun, Board Member, NYA.

Ghanaian Elected Deputy General Secretary of Pan African Youth Union.

The Minister of Youth and Sports, Hon. Isaac Kwame Asiamah has expressed delight at the election of Ghanaian youth activist, Mr. Ahmed Bening as the Deputy General Secretary of the Pan African Youth Union (PYU).

The election, which came off at the 5th Ordinary Congress of the PYU in Khartoum, Sudan will see Mr. Bening serve the position for a three-year term beginning 2018-2020.

Following the election victory, the Sports Minister in a statement during a courtesy by the new Deputy Secretary General of PYU, said his election to the Executive membership of PYU is a testament of one of the Youth and Sports Ministry’s policy to support and promote Ghanaians to gain positions in international Youth and Sports bodies.

“The Ministry of Youth and Sports believes in developing the capacity of youth and supporting them to lead Africa and the World’’ the Minister stated.

Hon. Kwame Asiamah indicated that the Government of Ghana under the leadership of H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo is committed to ensure that the country further expand her influence and strengthen her soft power on the continent. This commitment he noted has already led a deliberate effort to strategically position Ghanaians in key institutions within ECOWAS, AU, The Commonwealth and the United Nations.

The Youth and Sports Minister was confident Mr. Bening’s new role within the PYU would open Ghanaian youth to new opportunities and set a solid agenda to harness the country’s demographic dividends and transform the youth development landscape within Africa.

In his remarks, Mr. Ahmed Bening thanked H.E. the President, the Minister for Youth and Sports and Chief Executive Officer of National Youth Authority (NYA) for the tremendous support that culminated in his victory.

“I will use this opportunity to raise high the flag of Ghana in Africa and the world through cooperation and collaboration and employment – driven opportunities for the youth in Ghana and beyond”. He added.