Peki (VR), Sept. 12, GNA – Mr. Deodat
Adenutsi, Executive Director, Volta Educational Renaissance Foundation (VEREF)
has called on government to ensure that women, Persons with Disabilities (PWDs)
and the youths were given opportunities to serve in leadership positions.
He said that would enable them participate
effectively in the governance system.
Mr. Adenutsi was speaking at a sensitization
programme organized by VEREF with support from STAR GHANA at Peki in the South
Dayi District to educate women, PWDs and the youths on the need for them to be
involved in decision-making and governance processes.
The engagement was also to whip up their
interest to contest the forthcoming District Levels Elections.
Mr Adenutsi said nations where women, PWDs and
youths were given the opportunity to participate in decision-making and
leadership roles, development tended to be faster as the society was more
inclusive, responsive and democratic.
He noted that, strengthening the rights of
women, PWDs and the youths and also addressing other factors that prevented
their participation in the governance process was “sine qua non” to
achieving equity, gender equality and women empowerment.
Mr Adenutsi further noted that, even though
the country was a low middle income country and making progress, accelerated
development could not be achieved if a group of people were left behind as it
would result in high dependency ratio.
Mr. Gaga Kuma Setriakor, District Director,
National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), entreated the youths to debunk
the notion of not being old and competent enough to be part of the day-to- day
administration of the country.
He said it was time they took up leadership
roles as it was the only surest way they could translate their visions into
“If you have a vision today as a youth and you
think that you are not old enough to implement that vision , you might as well
not implement it or bring it to being if you are old because the longer you are
in the box, the more difficulty it is to break off”, he stated.
Madam Emma Adom, District Director for Social
Welfare and Community Development, urged women to discard the thinking that
only men had the capacity to play leadership roles.
She said such tradition had no place in the
world in the 21st century and therefore charged the women to come out to
contest in the forthcoming District Levels Elections.