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President John Dramani Mahama has reiterated the government’s commitment to investing in the youth to enable them create their own jobs and for others.

He said investment in the youth was greatest achievement any nation could make in providing opportunities to the youth to enable them to unearth their potentials.

President Mahama who made this statement at the Second edition of the Head of State Award Gala and Eleventh Gold Awards ceremony last Friday in Accra also encouraged the youth to take advantage of the GH¢10 million Youth Development Fund to expand their build their skills and expand their businesses.

He said the government realized the contribution of the youth to national development, adding that it would not renege on its efforts to ensure Ghanaians benefits in programmes aimed at empowering them to be responsible citizens.

The Head of State Award Scheme, Ghana, is a member of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation that engages young people in exciting self-developing programmes worldwide.

President Mahama receiving a  plaque from Dr. Sipho and Ms. Nachilala . Photo. Vincent Dzatse (2)The awards targets the youth particularly those who have contributed positively in the development of their communities.

The Awards, which was sponsored by Tullow Ghana limited, was on the theme “Celebrating the contribution of corporate institutions to youth development.”

President Mahama explained that the increasing number of youth of who enter the job market every year called for strategic and innovative approach in creating opportunity for enhance the capabilities of the youth.

He advised corporate institutions to complete government’s efforts in mentoring the youth in their various field of endeavour to ensure rapid economic progress.

In all 37 young people who had contributed immensely to the socio-economic development of their communities were celebrated for their involvement in civic life, health and well-being, educational attainment, social inclusion, gender empowerment, environment and sustainable livelihood in 2013

Mr Peter Akai Anum, Executive Director of the Awards Scheme, said the theme reflects the vision to acknowledge corporate institutions playing major roles in promoting youth development.

He said it was also to recognise the diverse corporate social focus of Corporate Ghana, as a contribution to youth development and Ghana’s economy as a whole.  By Malik Sullemana                                      

He said the awards were to bring more corporate institutions on board to help challenge and equip many young people, to develop positive attitude and engage their communities as responsible citizens.

He said the awards provides leisure time activities and a rewarding agenda that fills the gap left by formal tuition and equips young people with life skills.

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