In a statement, the NYA want the youth to emulate President Akufo-Addo who has vowed to move at a "supersonic" speed in 2018.

The NYA  which co-ordinates and facilitates youth development activities in the country observed that a lax attitude and procrastination is an enemy to the development of youth potential.

The statement signed by its CEO Emmanuel Sin-nyet Asigri said the easier part of every new year is setting goals but the secret to personal development is a 'do-it-now-attitude'

"Adopt urgency in 2018. Take your goals by the horns and persevere", he said.

Research has shown that about half of all adults make New Year’s resolutions. However, fewer than 10% manage to keep them for more than a few months.

Behavioural psychologists say the main reason that people don’t stick to their resolutions because of the 'false hope syndrome'.

False hope syndrome is characterised by a person’s unrealistic expectations about the likely speed, amount, ease and consequences of changing their behaviour.

The National Youth Authority also encouraged youths to consider agriculture as an additional means of income, pointing out there are growing examples of young people chalking success in the sector.

The government has signaled agriculture remains a top priority after it launched the 'Planting for Food and Jobs' program last April.

The flagship agricultural programme rolled out in 216 districts is to help address the declining growth of Ghana's agricultural sector. It is a clarion call on every single Ghanaian to take farming as a full time or part-time activity.

It is a five-year long policy to supply seeds, subsidized fertilizers, free extension services and marketing of farm produce with the help of technology.


The CEO of the National Youth Authority, Mr. Emmanuel Sin –Nyet Asigri on Friday 5th January, 2018 met and briefed some selected members of the media fraternity on the Youth Capacity Building program for ECOWAS youth which aims primarily to train and equip young persons from selected ECOWAS countries in technical and vocational skills for sustainable livelihood and to enable them contribute meaningfully to their nation’s socio-economic developmental agenda. 

The ECOWAS Commission promotes integration of cultures and human and social development through sports, training and capacity building, collection and management of database and network administration, collection of information/ data relating to youth associations as well as Information Communication and Telecommunication(ICT) training. All these activities seek to contribute to the community’s youth empowerment and employment initiatives, including the ECOWAS volunteer program. 

The program which has thirty day duration had ten selected youth from across Ghana travelling to Benin and Burkina Faso to acquire skills in electrical wiring, agro processing and auto mechanical engineering. Mr. Asigri was delighted to note that Ghana been reinstated to benefit from the program after years of suspension by ECOWAS due to abuse of the program. 

Ms.Rebecca Ayamba, from the Upper East Region and a spokesperson for the group who is slated to travel to Benin to pursue a program in Agro Processing could not hide her pleasure at the opportunity and expressed appreciation to the current management of the NYA for working tirelessly at getting Ghana restored back in the program. She pledged on behalf of her colleagues to make the very best out of the opportunity whilst also being worthy ambassadors of Ghana in their respective countries of training.

Present at the ceremony included Mr. Evans Nkum and Rev. Frank Lartey Jnr. both directors at the NYA   


The Youth and Sports Minister, Hon. Isaac Asiamah, yesterday, swore in a 15-member National Youth Authority Governing Board at the Ministry in Accra.

He tasked the Board, chaired by Hon Francisca Oteng Mensah to exhibit high-grade professionalism and creativity to justify the confidence reposed in them by President Akufo-Addo.

The Minister pointed out that youth development is dear to the president's heart taking into cognizance their role in nation building saying, “…Nation building hugely depends on youth development, now we say the present and future belongs to the youth.”

To the Sports chief, assigning Hon Francisca, the youngest MP in Parliament, the chairperson's role was a clear demonstration of confidence the president has in the youth.

He added, “The president has indeed made a big statement by appointing the youngest MP to chair the board, it tells us that regardless of your age if you are a youth and you demonstrate maturity, the sky could be your limit.”

And charging them for the task ahead, he said “The Youth Authority Act-939 states they should exhibit tact in discharging their duties. When they do well in Youth in Agriculture, ICT, Construction and Sports etc, it will take care of challenges confronting the youth.

“You are to formulate policies and implement programs that will promote in the youth- a sense of creativity, self-reliance, leadership, loyalty to the country, discipline and civic responsibility and a sense of co-operation through the exchange of ideas with recognized youth organizations in other countries in Africa and the world.”

The chairperson expressed gross appreciation for the confidence reposed in her and the team and promised to give their best shot.

The governing board, a representation for sectors like judiciary, disability, construction etc, includes Mr.Emmanuel Sin-Nyet Asigri, Mr.Frimpong Kwarteng Amaning, Mr.Emmanuel Yao Dormenya, Mr.David-Dan Kwame Agorsor, Mad.Vera Wiredu, Mad.Dorothy Akosua Onny, Mad.Grace Bediako and Mr.Joshua Gmayenaamm Makubu.

The rest are Mr.Ussif Mustapha, Mr.Dennis Owusu-Appiah Ofosuapea, Mad.Theodora Williams Anti, Mad.Velda Adobea Atuah, Mad.Agnes Ashun and Mr.Arnold Boateng.




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