Veep justifies gov’t appointment of youth

The award winners in a group photograph with the dignitories.

The award winners in a group photograph with the dignitories.

The Vice President, Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur has reiterated the government’s confidence in the Ghanaian youth, saying their appointments into some positions of trust is evidence of that.

“Government has never doubted the competency and ability of the youth and had therefore, appointed them to positions of trust,’’ he stated.

The Vice President said this in a speech read on his behalf by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Dr. Ahmed Mustapha, at the seventh transformational leadership conference and young professionals role model awards held at the Accra International Conference Centre on Friday.

The conference, under the theme, “Empowering the next generation of leaders for Africa’s transformation”, was organised by the Young Professionals and Youth Coalition (YPYC), which was aimed at building the capacity of the participants with the ethical leadership skills towards a rapid nation building.

Mr. Arthur said government recognised the critical role of the youth in the economic development of the country, and was working on a number of initiatives to enhance their progress.

He indicated that government, in its vision to transform and develop the youth, identified with the National Youth Policy which aimed at empowering the youth, adding that, the implementation of the policy has received Cabinet approval and the Ministry of Youth and Sports would submit it to Parliament for its passage into law.

The Vice President said the Ministry would continue to provide the needed infrastructure to train the youth and adequately resource all youth related institutions for the full realisation of the better Ghana agenda.

Mr. Andy Osei Okrah, president of the YPYC said the aim of the conference was to build capacity and equip participants with the ethical leadership skills towards rapid nation building.

He said the annual conference affords young professionals from diverse fields an opportunity to learn, share ideas and network, as well as maximising their leadership effectiveness towards national development.

Dr. Joyce Aryee, former Chief Executive of the Ghana Chamber of Mines, speaking on the topic, “leading with integrity”, advised the youth, were aspiring to occupy leaderes the way they should be handled, having the courage to take tough decisions as well as listening to the needs of the societyship positions in the society to uphold integrity.

She said that leaders were judged by transparency indicators, stating that good leaders have the confidence to handle issu.

By Seth Adu Agyei

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