The Upper West Regional Directorate of the National Youth Authority has on Wednesday May 26, 2021 organised an advocacy dialogue in Wa with policy makers and youth leaders to advocate for increased youth participation in programme planning, implementation monitoring and reporting.
The forum was targeted at encouraging the youth to always take part in matters regarding national planning, implementation of policies and decision making. The occasion also creates an avenue for policy makers to interact with the youth and get them involved in programme planning and implementation.
Addressing the participants, Mr. Archibald Donkor, Upper West Regional Director of the National Youth Authority says the youth has a crucial role to play when it comes to programme planning and implementation stressing that the youth has greater potentials, when exploited, will inure to sustainable planning and policy implementation.
“As a youth development practitioner, I have come to the realization of the huge potentials of the youth in programme and project planning and implementation. They are indeed a critical factor in a sustainability plan of most projects” he stressed.
The NYA Director further revealed that Ghana has a youth population of about 40% furthering that, the population of the youth between the age bracket of 15-35 years constitutes 34.2% of the country’s population hence his conviction that the youth must not be ignored in development process.
“In terms of demography Ghana has a young age structure of almost about 40%. The population of the youth between 15-35 years constitute 34.2% of the population. The youth therefore constitutes a huge segment of Ghana’s population which cannot be ignored in any development process” Mr. Archibald stated.
He reaffirms the commitment of the National Youth Authority in supporting and advocating for the youth to be included in youth participation in programme planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting.