The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of National Youth Authority (NYA), Pius Enam Hadzide, has stated that the government of President Akufo-Addo is dedicated to fostering and maximising the potential of the over 11.7 million youth in the nation.
He said the President’s educational reforms alone serve as a beacon of hope for young people across the country, signalling a renewed focus on their role in propelling the nation’s growth and prosperity.
Speaking during a press conference to launch the National Youth Month celebration for the year 2023 yesterday, Mr Hadzide said the Free SHS, Free TVET and the focus on Technical and Vocational Education and also Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics are positioning the Ghanaian youth properly for work and making them globally competitive.
He, therefore, assured the public that government remains resolute in providing the youth with the tools, resources and opportunities they need to contribute effectively to the nation’s development. He stressed that harnessing the energies and innovation of the younger generation is vital for steering the country towards a brighter future.
“In 2022, His Excellency the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, in acknowledging the contributions that our youth make to national development as deserving recognition beyond a single day and to recognise, empower and celebrate the energies, potentials and aspirations of the youth of this country, declared the entire month of August as National Youth Month, dedicated to providing opportunities for advocating policies and initiatives that enable them to thrive and actively engage in matters of national interest,” he said.
The NYA CEO said the importance of this declaration by the President cannot be overemphasised, noting that “the month-long celebration underscores the indispensable contributions that the over 11.7 million youth in Ghana make to the growth of our economy including serving as a significant source of human capital for both the public and private sector market”.
He indicated that it is a testament to Government’s commitment to nurturing and harnessing the potential of the youth to the betterment of the country.
On the raging matter of the 10% withholding tax on all gross gaming winnings, he said the NYA had come to a firm conclusion that there is the need for consensus building on matters of national discourse.
He, however, encouraged all commentators, especially the youth, to continue in the usage of decent language, and refrain from inciteful comments that have the tendency to not only polarize but to destabilise the country.
He explained that government’s position on the new tax, which has already taken effect, is not driven purely by economic considerations, but rather from the negative impact this increasing and worrying phenomenon continues to have on Ghanaian youth.