Youth empowerment is paramount – Imam

Amanase, Sept. 27, GNA – Mallam Ahmed Harun,
the Imam of Amanase in the Ayensuano District of the Eastern Region, said the
youth must be empowered to enable them to impact positively on society.

He said the country must recognise and reward
the youth who had made some accomplishments in various fields, which had helped
to promote the development of the nation.

Mallam Harun said this in an interview with
the Ghana News Agency after interacting with the youth of Amanase Zongo.

He said the youth needed to be recognised to
let them know they were on track and motivate them to strive to do more.

He called for a collaborative effort to reward
them to serve as encouragement to make them strive for excellence and serve as
role models to others.

Mallam Harun tasked the youth to learn the
positive attributes of developed countries and combine them with local virtues
to facilitate their own development and that of the nation.

He noted that the youth made up more than 50
per cent of the population, according to the last census, adding that this
comes with challenges such as adequate educational opportunities, healthcare
and job creation to cater for the numbers.

Mallam Harun said this was the reason the
Government had initiated programmes like the National Youth Employment
Programme to create job avenues for the youth.

He said the youth were vibrant and the roles
they played, to a large extent, contributed towards the promotion of peace,
which was the pre-requisite for the growth of multi-party democracy.

“There is the need to inculcate in the youth
the spirit of patriotism. In this way, they can be nationalistic when they take
over the mantel of leadership.”

Alhaji Allassan Hudu, the Chief of Amanase
Zongo, appealed to the well to do in society to help them renovate their
mosque, which has not seen any rehabilitation for over 20 years.

He said the renovation of the Mosque would
require replacement of windows, doors and their frames, changing of leaking
corrugated roofing sheets and ceiling, fixing of floor tiles, and painting
among other things.

GNA

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