The United States Branch of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP-USA) has reaffirmed its commitment to energizing the party’s base, and strengthening bonds among members towards the 2024 general elections.
This came to light when the branch organised a colorful youth forum and dinner dance on the theme “Our Youth, Our Strength, Our Hope, Our Future”.
The event, which was held in the conference hall of the Royal Regency Hotel, Yonkers, New York, attracted over 200 participants.
The Branch revealed mentoring programmes to equip the youth with the requisite leadership skills/knowledge to understand and deploy patriotism, nationalism, good governance, and visionary leadership.
The Branch also proposed models, structures and approaches to setting up and running a leadership mentoring programme for NPP youth.
The Chairperson of the NPP-USA Branch, Obaa Yaa Frimpong, highlighted the discussions of youth today in Ghana. She touched on the lack of trust young people have for the existing political, economic, and social systems.
“As a nation, we must honor them with transparency, accountability, trust, and a focus on stakeholder engagement where they are offered a seat at the table to discuss issues of relevance that are extremely important to them since this will be key to meeting their generation’s ambitions and expectations.
“We must also entrust in them the power to take the lead to create meaningful change. The next generation are the most important and most affected stakeholders when talking about our global future – and we owe them more than this,” she added.
Mrs Samira Bawumia testified that the Nana-Bawumia government had appointed a number of young people, like Kwabena Ampofo Appiah, Napaga Tia Sulemana, Nana Yaw Koranteng, into important positions in government.
“They have made us all proud. We need to think about our future leaders, think about the direction of the party and its prosperity as we make decisions about the future of our party, because today’s leaders were yesterday’s youth and today’s youth, will be tomorrow’s leaders,” she stated.
Mrs Bawumia stressed the need to strengthen the party’s base to ‘break the eight’ year political history in the country’s democracy.
The event was graced by Daniel Kingsley Atta Boafo, Consul General, New York Mission. Mrs Samira Bawumia, Second Lady was the special Guest of Honour.
The panel at the forum was made up of Linda Asante, Deputy CEO of National Petroleum Agency; Jerry Osei-Poku, NPP Eastern Regional Organizer; Dr. Issah Imoro, lecturer, University of Development Studies; Napaga Tia Sulemana, National Coordinator, Special Development Initiatives at Office of the President; and Richard Gyamfi, Head of International Affairs, Ghana Scholarship Secretariat.
The rest were Francis E. Donkor, Cincinnati Chapter Chairman and former NPP-USA Deputy Youth Organizer; Shani Abubakar, Tallahassee Florida Chapter Chairman; Eric Agyarko, Washington DC Chapter Youth Organizer; and Perpetual Lomokie, Former Deputy National Youth Organizer.