The National Youth Authority (NYA) has taken another judicious step by organizing a regional stakeholders’ consultation forum to solicit inputs that would help review the 2010 National Youth Policy.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the NYA, Hon. Emmanuel Asigri, in his address said the review of the NYP had become necessary because after going through the old policy document; they realized that there is no section where specific provisions have been made for young women and even the physically challenged.

Adding that, the data in the existing policy was outdated as it was based on the 2010 Population and Housing Census.

This he said, there was the need to capture recent data using the 2010 census to reflect current trends.
He was of the view that considering the dynamic nature of society, issues particularly related to the youth needed a review.

This he said, the review would help respond to the changing need and emerging issues affecting youth development such as gender and youth with disabilities.

“We started this review process last in December 2017. We had our first stakeholder consultation when we brought on board some selected number of agencies and bodies that are involved in youth development to draw this roadmap for this occasion to start,” he stated.

This should be seen as the most important document for us as a nation; since the youth bracket constitute the majority.

In an exclusive interview with some of the stakeholders, they applauded National Youth Authority for giving them such golden opportunity to be involved in decision making; especially when it comes to addressing issues confronting the youth in the country.

The stakeholder Consultation, brought together some gender-based youth groups, MMDCEs,traditional leaders and individuals.

The NYP was developed in 2010 on the theme “Towards an empowered youth, impacting positively on national development” and was intended to provide guidelines for all stakeholders involved in the implementation of policies, programme and projects for the development of the youth.

The 27-page policy, with 12 sections, was also intended to help the country demonstrate its commitment to all international conventions and charters it had signed.

Source: Isaac Kofi Dzokpo/newsghana.com.gh

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