General News of Sunday, 15 December 2019
Hajia Hawa Nincheama, Bawku Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) has urged members of the Bawku Youth Parliament to continue advocating good sanitation as key to personal development in the Bawku area and its surrounding communities to improve personal hygiene.
She said the youth was a driving force for national development and championing the course for good sanitation through programmes by the youth parliament would drum home good messages to the people.
Hajia Nincheamah made the call during the inaugural ceremony of the first Bawku youth parliament, an imitation of the National Parliament to discuss youthful development issues at their level in the Bawku area at Bawku in the Upper East Region, with a rolling debate motioned “The state of sanitation in Bawku”.
She explained that focusing on promoting healthy and clean environment was next to Godliness as directed in the Holy Scriptures.
The MCE reminded the Youth of their role in nation building and that they should continue to be proactive to protect the environment and its inhabitants. Mr Joseph Bawa Mahama the Bawku Municipal Director of Environmental Health and Sanitation who touched on the debate motion explained that sickness could come out of poverty and that could as a result of poor environment generating from poor sanitation conditions in the area. He bemoaned indiscriminate littering of the environment and charged the youth to be ambassadors of eliminating it. Mr Seidu Atiraah Issah, Speaker for the Bawku Youth Parliament described the role of Ghanaian youth towards democratic governance and national development as paramount and they were committed to contributing their quota.
Mr Issah mentioned that the inauguration of the youth parliament would provide opportunities for critical and relevant questions with regards to youth sensitisation and participation in national governance and politics.
He explained that Ghana had approximately 57 per cent of its population under age 25 and the youth must be seen at the heart and centre of national policies and programmes.
“The Ghanaian youth has become vulnerable due to its inability to explore the available opportunities and to have their voice in national matters that bother on their very existence.
“The youth in Ghana have become catalyst for political vandalism and violence. The youth have become weapons of destruction in the hands of self-centered greedy politicians”. He noted.
Mr Issah underscored the need for them out of political exploitations and casualties of economic struggle.
He called for their participation in the governance structure of the country adding that the youth, failed to appreciate civic duties and rights under the 1992 constitution and modern day political dispensations due to these factors.
He explained that the attitude of some youth in governance and law have rendered them as instruments of exploitation by rogue elements who used them.