The Northern Regional Minister, Mr Bede Ziedeng, has called on the youth of the region to avoid habits that do not contribute to national development.
Rather, he said, the youth must take advantage of opportunities to better their lives.
He said opportunities such as the ‘Youth in Aqua Culture Scheme’ and the Gh¢10 million jobs and Enterprise Development Fund were some of the government’s interventions to ensure that the country’s youth were actively engaged to contribute their quota to national development.
The minister said this when he delivered a speech to mark the International Youth Day in Tamale.
He added that young people were expected to build their capacities, acquire knowledge and skills, and take advantage of available technology in order to benefit from some of the interventions aimed at encouraging and supporting them to become successful entrepreneurs and create sustainable job opportunities.
‘Remember the wealth and future of every nation hinges on its productive sector and the youth is at the core of every production. We, therefore, cannot afford to leave the youth behind in our quest to overcome our development challenges,’ he stated.
He used the occasion to entreat everybody in the region to be decent in their communication and conduct with regard to the Supreme Court issues, adding ‘you must also make efforts to educate our less-informed relatives to understand that we are all responsible for the development and implementation of a framework for peace, security and stability of the country’.
Commenting on the theme: ‘Youth Migration: Moving development forward – challenges of reproductive health’, the Northern Regional Co-ordinator of the National Youth Authority, Mr Shaibu Ziblim, said the present situation where young females from the north travelled to the south to work as porters had changed the traditional character of migration.
He cited poverty, lack of education and employment, the need to purchase items for marriage and some socio-cultural factors as the driving forces fuelling migration in recent times.
Mr Ziblim also used the occasion to thank CDD-Ghana, Cowbell and Youth Empowerment for Life, an NGO, for helping to make the International Youth Day in the region a success.
The Northern Regional Population Officer, Bagza Naa, Alhassan Issahaku Amadu, said the risk of young female porters contracting sexually transmitted diseases was very high because they were vulnerable.
He said the helpless nature of the girls in the cities made them easy targets for sexual abuse. They were, therefore, susceptible to contracting sexually transmitted diseases.
By Marcelinus Dery/Daily Graphic/Ghana
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