Tamale,– The problem of youth unemployment and its related challenges in the country has come up for debate among members of the Northern Regional Youth Parliament, who propose varying mechanisms to address the situation.
They debated on the topic: “Defining the future today; Youth-led solutions for building the Africa we want”.
The Minority side of the Parliament argued that young people in the country must take responsibility for the kind of decisions they made towards their personal development and well-being.
They said development begins from one’s own ability to venture into activities that could impact positively on their wellbeing and the community in general.
The Minority noted that the youth must develop a positive attitude towards national discourse, and ensure they had an interest in decisions made about their welfare.
The Majority also argued that the government had key roles to play to empower the youth, saying the state should implement appropriate interventions meant to harness their potentials to reduce the unemployment situation in the country.
“Our education sector must be made more practical than theory, that way our youth can become skilled and productive to drive the nation’s development agenda”, they said.
The debate was organised by YEFL-Ghana and other partners, in Tamale, as part of 2021 African Youth Day Celebration.
It was on the theme: “Defining the future today; Youth-led solutions for building the Africa we want”, and brought together young people from the Northern and Savannah regions.
Mr Abdul-Ganiyu Alhassan, Technical Advisor on Youth and Gender at the YEFL-Ghana, said it was vital for stakeholders to train the youth in various entrepreneurial development skills to create employment opportunities to improve on their livelihoods.
“We must guide the youth to acquire the needed skills to venture into their preferred enterprises and also build their capacities and confidence to create employment avenues for other people in their communities”, he noted.
Other issues that came up for discussions during the event were centred around teenage pregnancies and how to reduce such incidences in the country.
Meanwhile, as part of the Celebration, an art exhibition was showcased to advocate the end to issues of gender inequalities, child marriages, child labour and other societal challenges.
Source: Ghana News Agency