The complement of the youth is needed in the attainment of SDGs – Letsa

Samuel Akumatey, GNA

Ho, Aug. 11, GNA – Dr
Archibald Yao Letsa, Volta Regional Minister, has called on the youth to
contribute their quota and help ensure the attainment of the Sustainable
Development Goals (SDGs).

He said many
challenges highlighted by the SDGs affected young people and urged them to
“mobilize and manage resources properly without compromising the ability of
future generations to meet their needs”.

These were contained
in a speech read on his behalf at the 2017 International Youth Day celebration
in Ho.

The event was held
under the theme: “Youth building peace”.

He appealed to the
youth to embrace sustainable environmentally friendly practices that would help
increase production, sustain ecology and reduce climate change.

Dr Letsa said the
National Youth Authority would train 2,300 youth in leadership, vocational and
technical skills and would also prepare 450 students to write the Technical
Vocational Education and Training (TVET) certificate examinations.

He said other
interventions such as the Youth in Graduate Paid Internship, and the National
Entrepreneurship and Innovation Plan were all part of government’s efforts to
empower the younger generation.

Dr Letsa expressed
unhappiness with the “worsening” moral decadence in society and appealed to the
youth to uphold high moral standards.

Obaa Akua Konadu,
Policy and Advocacy Manager, Youth Empowerment Synergy, a Non-Governmental
Organization (NGO), said a Youth Action Campaign has been embarked upon to
raise the awareness among the youth on SDGs and to encourage them to contribute
to the development process.

She said the absence
of the youth in the political and socio-economic development processes was a
“risk factor” for unrest and appealed to stakeholders to consider the views of
the younger generation.

Mr Cephas Gormenu, Ho
Municipal Director, National Youth Authority (NYA), said there is the need to
inculcate habits of environmental sustainability in the youth and urged them to
preserve the environment.


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