By Erica Apeatua Addo, GNA
Tarkwa (W/R), Sept. 12, GNA – The National
Youth Authority (NYA) and the Federation of Youth Association of Tarkwa
(FEDYAT) have joined the global community to observe this year’s World Youth
The global event, which falls on August 12
annually, is an awareness day designated by the United Nations.
Its purpose is to draw attention to a given
set of cultural and legal issues surrounding the youth.
As part of activities to climax the
celebration, the NYA in collaboration with the FEDYAT organized a forum at the
Catholic conference hall in Tarkwa for its members.
The theme for this year’s event was:
“Safe spaces for the youth”.
Addressing the ceremony, which was also used
to launch a campaign to end Tramadol abuse, Dr Suleiman Ali, a medical
practitioner at the Apinto Government Hospital, expressed worry about the
growing trend at which young people were abusing the pain relieving drug.
He said abusing tramadol could lead to
hallucinations, dizziness, diarrhea, agitation, nausea and vomiting.
Dr Ali advised the general public to stay away
from tramadol as its continuous abuse would destroy their lives.
Mr George Meriku Duker, the Member of
Parliament (MP) for Tarkwa Nsueam, advised the youth to refrain from all social
vices and serve as role models in their communities.
Mr John Koomson, the President of FEDYAT,
commended the MP for sponsoring the skills training programme which was
organized by the NYA and FEDYAT.
He said this year’s event would facilitate a
dialogue on safe spaces between government, United Nations agencies, academia,
civil society and youth groups.
Mr Koomson said “it’s aim is to promote
youth engagement and empowerment by exploring the role of safe spaces in
contributing to freedom of expression, mutual respect and constructive
Mr Archibald Donkoh Junior, the Municipal
Youth Director, lauded the government for introducing programmes such as the
Nation Builders Corps (NABCO), Planting for Food and Jobs and the National
Entrepreneurship Innovation Plan to support the youth.
He appealed to government to create safe
spaces for the youth to enable them contribute their quota to national