AS PART of efforts to develop the youth in Ghana, the United Nations (UN) General Secretary’s Envoy on Youth, Ms Jayathma Wickramanayake has engaged the youth to solicit their views on their needs.
During a one-day tour to engage the youth at the Agbobloshie market, Ms Wickramanayake had the privilege to be guided by the United Nations Population’s Fund representative, Mr Niyi Ojuolape and Madame Doris Mawuse Aglobitse, a communications programme analyst, as well as Madame Selina Owusu, a gender programme analyst.
Ms Wickramanayake also paid a courtesy call on the Canadian High Commissioner to Ghana, Ms. Heather Cameron and Mr Isaac Asiamah, Minister for Youth and Sports.
The Envoy’s visit was in line with the UN’s agenda in the 2030 roadmap for Africa, which seeks to mobilise and to realise potentials.
“I’m here to talk and listen to young people, take ideas and seek for solutions and to share with the UN and the rest of the world, congrats for the good work that you have being doing, it’s truly an honour to be here,” she stated.
The Minister of Youth and Sports said “unemployment is a threat to democracy, peace and stability and that is why in Ghana whatever we do is about targeting the youth and unemployment to make sure that there are programmes that could engage them in society.
“I’m happy to know that our young people are engaging in the ‘Planting for Food and Jobs’ initiative because the land is there and is an opportunity for us to secure jobs for our people.
“As a Youth and Sports Ministry, we are going to build 10 multipurpose youth centres consisting of an Information and Communications Technology (ICT) unit, restaurant, counseling centre, and multipurpose sporting facilities, as a Minister for Youth and Sports I assure you that your future is being guaranteed.”
On his part, Mr Emmanuel Sin-Nyet Asigri, Chief Executive Officer of the National Youth Authority, under the Ministry disclosed that, there was a launch of the Digital Market Programme targeting about 3,000 youth to ensure that “we have youth who are well vested in ICT who can develop their own programme and brand their own businesses and empower themselves,” he said.
Ms Wickramanayake, upon hearing this, expressed enthusiasm to aid in whatever way possible “Africa and Ghana specifically, have energy and potential and that opportunity needs to be used as a positive tool in the region at large , we hope to use each other’s expertise to work together to attain a greater goal,” she said.
Ms Wickramanayake, as part of her tour visited the Agbogbloshie market, specifically to see the needs of the Kayayei’s in the market.
The Kayayei’s had one request to be granted, the assurance that the marginalised in society would be attended to in cases of child marriage, education, vocational skills and to acknowledge them in all her engagements in policy making.
Ms Wickramanayake, who was touched, promised to keep the people of Agbogbloshie in mind.