The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Youth Authority (NYA), Mr. Sylvester Tetteh, has called on the youth not to allow themselves to be used to foment troubles at the flashpoints during the December 7, 2020 general elections.
“It is regrettable that some regard the youth as threat to the peace of the country and they are also use to foment troubles at flashpoints during political campaigns and elections.
Mr.Tetteh issued the warning when he was speaking at the youth peace dialogue and signing of the youth peace charter in Accra.
Themed “A Peaceful Ghana Rhetoric, Realities and the Youth Factor,” and a continental theme “Youth Voices, Actions Engagement: Building a Better Africa,” the programme forms part of a weeklong Africa Youth Day 2020.
The event brought together various youth groups on one platform and afforded them the opportunity to discuss and deliberate on issues on youth security and development and also take stock and renew their collective commitment to build and sustain the peace and growth of the country.
Speaking further, Mr Tetteh said the youth have a significant role to play in ensuring peace and security towards the socio-economic development of the country.
According to him, the youth are not violent as society perceives them to be saying it is regrettable that some regard them as threat to the peace of the country and they are also use to foment troubles at flashpoints during political campaigns and elections.
Mr.Tetteh noted “The youth are very active in creating peaceful societies by refraining from violence and conflict and have become potential game changers in nation building through initiatives, ideas and knowledge.
According to him, the line of activities will bring to the fore the needed momentum to implement the provisions of the peace charter towards sustaining peace before and after this year’s general elections, adding that the charter will work to consolidate and sustain the peace of the country.
Turning the spotlight on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) on the youth growth and development, the Chief Executive Officer said the youth exhibited steadfastness in every endeavour in the wake of the pandemic and should be commended as such.
“The Authority will continue to work closely with the youth through their flagship programme dubbed “Model Youth Parliaments” which seeks to give them opportunity to make inputs in decision making,” he said.
The Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr. Isaac Asiamah in a speech read on his behalf said government has rolled out the needed interventions to enhance the capacities of the youth to positively contribute to national development for the social and economic growth of the country.
The Chairman of the Peace Council, Most Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Asante said Ghana has shown peace in every sphere of governance and must not be taken for granted and therefore urged the youth to refrain from political violence and work closely with institutions that are peace-driven to sustain the country’s peace.