Nathasia Arthur, GNA
Koforidua (E/R), Dec. 5, GNA - Mr Samuel Nuertey Ayertey, the Deputy Eastern Regional Minister, has called on the youth to demonstrate high sense of responsibility and refrain from acts of indiscipline if they expect the elderly to respect their views.
He said such a situation would create the environment for the youth and the elderly to build a society of mutual respect for national development.
Mr Ayertey was speaking at the formal opening of the Eastern Regional stakeholders consultation on the review of the 2010 National Youth Policy (NYP) at Koforidua.
He said recent developments on the various university campuses in the country has raised the need for society to do more to bring the youth on- board in the implementation of policies and programmes.
Baafour Nyantekyi Tutu-Boateng, Krontihene of the New Juaben Traditional Area, called for the development of a policy that would help erase the notion among the youth that government would create jobs for them.
He said the country needs a youth policy that would help them to identify their talents and passions and develop them into productive ventures to create jobs for themselves and wealth for the country.
Baafour Tutu-Boateng said under the current economic situation of the country, no government can create job opportunities to absorb all the youth of the country.
He said the political parties would always promise to create jobs in their manifestos but the reality is that, they cannot do much when they come to power.
Mr Bright Acheampong, Deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in-charge of programmes at the National Youth Authority (NYA), told participants that their inputs are for the whole country and not for only the youth in the Eastern Region.
He said the 2010 National Youth Policy needs to be reviewed because it does not capture recent national and internal developments like the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations.
Mr Richard Obeng, Deputy CEO of the NYA in-charge of Finance, said the government has increased the budgetary allocation for the NYA from GHC 10 million in 2016 to GHC 130 million to ensure the implementation of the National Youth Policy.