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 Day.
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 dialogue".
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 development.