Participants after the event
The Upper East Regional Director of the National Youth Authority (NYA), Francis Takyi-Koranteng, called on the government and other relevant stakeholders to take pragmatic steps to remove age-related barriers in the youth development.
According to him, young people continue to relate in various spheres of their lives, including having equal access to education, vocational training, employment, political participation, health and justice.
He said “these age-related barriers have a profound impact on their well-being and livelihoods, not only in their youth, but also in adulthood.”
Mr. Taki-Koranteng made the call in a speech delivered on his behalf during a panel discussion as part of the programs commemorating this year’s International Youth Day celebration in Bolgatanga.
The event, organized by the NYA in collaboration with the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), was themed “Intergenerational Solidarity: Creating a World for All Ages”.
He said “age-related barriers have prevented us from thinking and designing social policies and services that take a life-course approach that is fair for all ages and ensures a level playing field for everyone”.
“Therefore, the theme is to amplify the message that action is needed across all generations to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aimed at leaving no one behind,” Mr. Taki-Koranteng stressed.
UNFPA National Program Analyst Jude Domosie said young people are an important asset to the nation and necessary steps must be taken to guide them to realize their full potential in life.
Bolgatanga Municipal Police Commander Chief Superintendent Richard Saifu Anaba implored the youths to stay focused and vigorously pursue their aspirations in life until they achieve them.
He asked them to be careful and not allow themselves to be recruited following the recent terrorist attacks in neighboring countries to foment unrest in the country.
“Terrorists are just waiting to take advantage of any unstable security situation in a country to sow chaos,” Chief Superintendent Anaba said.
For his part, the Chief Municipal Executive (MCE) of Bolgatanga, Rex Asanga, called for more support for young people in their quest to pursue productive activities that would eventually lead them to become responsible adults in the future. coming.