The Minister of State for Youth and Sports, Rashid Pelpuo, has charged new members of the National Youth Council (NYC) board to bring out strategic policies and programmes that would help tackle the problems facing the youth.
He said, the youth were being confronted with a host of difficulties, including unemployment, and lack of appropriate educational facilities and negative peer pressure.
“If we are to transform these conditions and equip our youth with the skills to overcome their challenges, a great deal of work must be done and that is why you have been called upon to use your expertise, skills, ideas and energies to eradicate the canker affecting the youth and to unlock their vast potential brewed in them,” the minister said when he swore in a new 12-member board of the NYC last Friday.
According to him the absence of a board for some years has been one of the contributing factors to the youth problems and asked the members to help overcome them.
“For the next four years, you are going to preside over the next generation of our future leaders; their destiny is in your hands, if you fail, be reminded that you have failed the future of not only yourself but the country as a whole”, he said.
Mr Pelpuo, therefore enjoined the board to make an input into the National Youth Policy and the National Youth Bill which are yet to be passed into law.
Chairperson of the NYC, Ms. Esther Amba Numaba Cobbah, expressed the board’s gratitude to the president for the opportunity given them to serve the youth and the nation as a whole.
“We are conscious of the responsibility this appointment involves as we soberly reflect on the condition of today’s youth, something we must confront if we are to help find effective remedies,” she said.
“The government has made development of our youth a priority, results are what count, not just policy statements,” she asserted, and implored other board members to be dedicated to the cause because the youth section is the heart beat of the present government.
Ms. Cobbah said that the youth should not sit back and watch the council do all the work alone but they must be part of the solution as “in fact they have the competence to develop and work through solutions.”
The board has as its deputy chairperson Alhaji Adam Mahama with Dr. Robert Mensah, Mr. Ludwig Hlodze, Rev Calvin Agboste, Sheik Issak Nuamah and Mr. Emmanuel Dei-Tumi as members.
Others are Habiba Ahmadu Tanko, Mr. Kofi Adams, Mohammed K. Mohammed, Mr. Daniel Abdul Karim and Mr. Anis Haffer.