The Chief Executive Officer of the National Youth Authority (NYA), Pius Enam Hadzide, has charged the youth of Ghana to draw inspiration from the remarkable journey of South Korea, and apply the same vigour towards the advancement and prosperity of themselves.
He made the call during the 2023 National Youth Conference, dubbed “Reformed youth, Reformed Ghana”, held at the University of Ghana, Legon.
Mr Enam Hadzide remarked, “Our partnership with colleagues from South Korea, the International Youth Fellowship (IYF), is founded on the firm belief that we, the present and future of our country, can and should be motivated by South Korea’s remarkable journey from a third-world nation to a first-world powerhouse in record time. If they achieved it, then we can do it too”.
He, therefore, urged the youth to recognise the transformative power that permeates various aspects of the society, and channel that power for individual development and the betterment of Ghana.
He highlighted the importance of the collaboration between the NYA and the International Youth Fellowship (IYF) from South Korea, which has been instrumental in providing Ghanaian youth with opportunities for personal development, education, and cultural exchange.
“We have seen the remarkable strides that South Korea has taken in areas such as technology, education, and economic development. Their journey serves as a testament to the power of vision, hard work, and resilience,” he indicated.
The NYA CEO also stressed the importance of nurturing entrepreneurial spirit among Ghana’s youth, and fostering a culture of innovation. He stated, “We must not only be inspired by the example of South Korea but also imbibe their ethos of innovation and excellence. It is through innovation and entrepreneurship that we will propel Ghana forward and build a brighter future for all”.
Mr Enam Hadzide noted that the theme for the conference encapsulates the essence of the nation’s collective aspirations and commitment to steering Ghana towards a brighter future. In his view, it calls upon all citizens to reflect on the past, acknowledge present challenges, and collectively work toward reforming and improving the nation.
He also outlined the objectives of the conference, emphasizing the importance of empowering and transforming Ghana’s youth population. He touched on the need to harness the incredible energy and creativity that the country’s youth possess, recognising their pivotal role in shaping Ghana’s trajectory.
“Over the course of this conference, we will engage in thought-provoking discussions, share innovative ideas, and forge connections and partnerships that have the potential to shape the trajectory of our lives and Ghana as a whole. We will deliberate on ways to harness our energies, creativity, and determination towards constructive nation building. We will also explore avenues to reform various aspects of ourselves and our society, from education and employment to technology and governance,” he added.
He stressed the conference’s role in inspiring new perspectives, challenging existing paradigms, and catalysing the emergence of a reformed youth population ready to take up leadership roles and contribute meaningfully to Ghana’s development.
He further commended the joint conference organising committee of the NYA and IYF for their efforts in putting together such an elaborate programme aimed at empowering the youth for constructive nation building.