Youth Bridge Foundation (YBF), a non-governnemtal organisation has appealed to the Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo led government to sustain the promise of investing in the youth.
A statement signed by Mr Seth Oteng, the Executive Director of YBF and issued to the Ghana News Agency in Accra on Thursday said about 60 per cent of the registered voter population were 18 to 35 years and Ghanaians below 35 years representing about 73.7 per cent of the population (0-14 years represent 39.8 per cent and 15-35 years represent about 33.9 per cent).
YBF appealed to Nana Akufo-Addo to sustain the promise of investing in the youth.
The NGO that has the goal of bridging gaps for positive youth development has urged the incoming government to consider its four proposals couched as youth aspirations.
The statement asked the president- elect to reduce school drop-out rates at the basic and senior high school levels.
“Prioritise and offer a second window of opportunity to those that have left school to return through integrated adult education and distance tertiary education initiatives. This is consistent with Article 38 (3B) of the 1992 Constitution,” it said.
The statement asked the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to be consistent with its manifesto and align with long-term national development agenda that would promote employability through a three-pronged approach of prioritising technical vocational education and training, job creation as well as entrepreneurship.
On youth-centred transformational agriculture, the YBF appealed to the Nana Akufo-Addo led government to ensure that the future of food and agriculture in Ghana, how and where food is grown, processed and consumed is youth-centred.
It also called for the institutionalisation of a presidential dialogue with the youth every six months.
It asked the NPP to: “Decouple the Ministry of Youth and Sports to have a stand alone Ministry of Youth with directorates responsible for coordinating sector-specific programmes and activities, ” it said.
The statement called for the use of technology and youth-friendly engagement tools to crowd source policy ideas from the youth and get them actively involved in governance processes.
“YBF make these proposals in the spirit of advancing youth-inclusive governance and assert that it is in the interest of Ghana and our democracy to bring the youth along national agenda, “ it said.
The statement therefore congratulated the people of Ghana for the peaceful election and President-elect Nana Akufo-Addo for the humility with which he accepted his election.