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The Chief Executive Officer of the National Youth Authority, Mr. Emmanuel Sin-nyet Asigri on Friday 26th May 2017 led a delegation of staff from the Authority to meet and interact with management of Prefos Ltd., a leading Electrical and Civil Engineering Company at their offices and ultra-modern factory situated at Adaku Jachie near Ejisu in the Ashanti Region of Ghana.

The visit which was intended to give further impetus to the new mandate of the Authority at superintending youth development empowerment in Ghana was also to bring into focus the vision of the current leadership which hinges on training and equipping young people, particularly those in the informal sector with alternative means of earning a living through skills acquisition.

Mr. Asigri, emphasized the urgent need and desire of the Authority to collaborate and partner with innovative and proactive agencies with such facilities as Prefos in order to carry out the vision and mandate of the Authority. He mentioned the YLSTIs that the Authority manages and the quest to revise their curricula to reflect present needs and demands. To promote a sense of identity and belongingness among the trainees and graduates, the NYA and the FEPTAG plan to award certificates of completion of a trade Mr. Asigri mentioned.

On her part, Mad. Philomena Owusu Ansah, General Manager of Prefos Ltd, in her welcome remarks, expressed delight at the visit and the timeliness. She mentioned ameliorating the youth unemployment menace and upholding beautification of Ghana’s cities as the organization’s key focus; thus the overall mission to brighten Ghana and empower the youth through skills training.

Madam Ansah reiterated the company’s resolve to strengthen Public-Private Partnership (PPP), which has resulted in their collaborations with Ministries such as Local Government, Energy and Petroleum, and a host of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies in a quest to provide street lighting in all streets of Ghana.

On a concern raised by Mr. Asigri on requirements for admission to the Prefos Training School which favored JHS graduates but sought to exclude talented but out-of-school youth, Mad. Ansah assured all present that indeed there was a package for youth who had not completed JHS.

On his part, Mr. Anaman, Director for projects at NYA, asked about the duration of the programmes at the Prefos Training Institute to which it was revealed that there is a four week intensive assembly and maintenance course which involves both classroom work and practical hands on training.

 

The C.E.O and his team were later conducted round the facilities of the company which took them to the assembly plant, testing room, and some classrooms.

 

As part of efforts aimed at consolidating existing relations with its key partners, the newly appointed C.E.O of the National Youth Authority Mr. Emmanuel Sin-nyet Asigri and some members of management of the Authority have paid a day’s familiarization and working visit to the offices of the UNFPA Ghana.

Amongst issues discussed at the meeting included strengthening the already existing cordial and rewarding relations between the two organizations and means to further enhance the flagship programme sponsored by the UNFPA and implemented by the Authority—The Comprehensive Sexuality Education, currently taking place in the ten Youth Leadership & Skills Training Institutes of the Authority.

Madam Erika J. Goldson, the UNFPA Representative a.i, expressed delight at the visit and pledged their continued technical and financial support for programmes, geared at youth development and empowerment and in line with the Organization’s mandate.

Amongst the leadership of the Authority that joined the C.E.O were, Mr. Richard Ebban Obeng, Deputy C.E.O responsible for Operations and Programmes and Mr. Ernest Amoako, Director (ICT) and responsible for UN Relations.

 

 

Overview:

One key feature of Africa’s economic transformation is achieving the benefits of a Demographic Dividend.

The Demographic Dividend “is the accelerated economic growth that results from a decline in a country’s mortality and fertility and a subsequent change in the age structure of the population”.

Global experience have indicated that there are a multiple pathways to structural transformation and among the pathway processes, is the shifted economic activity from rural areas to the cities leading to an increase in the degree of urbanization with the attendant outcomes of social deviance: risky reproductive health including early pregnancies, drug related and substance abuse violence and crimes etc. 

One successful transformation posture entails unlocking the potential in wide range of areas, including matching the skills of large and youthful population to the needs of transforming economies and societies , better health and nutrition, and improved services.

Introduction:

The National Youth Authority from the standpoint of a key mandate to provide the youth with opportunities for skills training, employment and in the principle of “self-efficacy” is mounting nationwide outreaches towards youth skills and entrepreneurial developments with the goal to “achieve the rise of 5,000 youth, mostly the vulnerable and most at risk, influencing grassroots and local business by close of December 2017”.

The African Union Day Rally and Business Fair: May 22 – 27, 2017, Kumasi.

The above events are to bring together stakeholders in a shared atmosphere of tasks and responsibilities “to strategically manage the opportunities and risks presented by moving away from resource-driven economies towards diversified and productivity-driven economies”.

In addition, the event will empower the sense of redistribution of national economic and political power vis a vis the challenges of demographic transitions, energy sector infrastructural development, climate change; and good governance. 

The specific objectives are:

a. Enabling Stakeholders to appreciate reduction in cost of skills acquisition and infrastructural investment in addressing the challenges of extreme unemployment;

b. Exploring and motivating youth potential for inter-related livelihood skills and trending service areas such as hairdressing, tailoring, bakery;

c. Strengthening the links between education and labor market; and 

d. Promoting “hands-on skills” rather than the impractical academic courses that have no significant bearing on sustainability in the face of competitiveness in economic survival.

Methodology: a. Informal

1. There will be five (5) days of Mini-Exhibition  in the body image and grooming industry: i.e.

        i. Tailors  and Dressmakers; 

        ii. Hair Dressers and Beauticians 

        iii. Barbers 

2. The  display of exhibits of the Grooming Industry (i.e. Textiles, Pharmaceuticals, etc) and those whose business impinge on Body and Image grooming

3. Trade Focus Seminars for organized youth and those in the informal sector.

 

Methodology: b. Formal – “Job Shadowing” Project

There will be in Accra, at the Airport City, a formal “Entrepreneurship Boot Camp” simultaneously running alongside the Mini-Exhibition in Kumasi.

Under the direction of the African Internship Academy and Junior Achievement Ghana, over a 3,000 students and youth will undergo orientation in business and commerce industry:

      1. Diversified production and elements of productivity

      2. Productivity gains and competitiveness

      3. Technology growth and

      4. Human economic well-being.

 

The African Union Day Rally, May 25, 2017, Kumasi 

      1. Her Excellency, The Second Lady of the Republic of Ghana is the Special Guest of Honor 

      2. In attendance will include:

               i. The Office of Manhyia Palace

              ii. Leadership of Chamber of Commerce, Ashanti Region

             iii. Trade and Artisans Associations and Networks

             iv. Leadership of Financial Institutions and Industry Associations

Offer of Invitation:

      1. Industries (including yours) are invited to:

               i. Mount an Exhibition Stand

              ii. Support as per attached estimates         

             iii. Advertise and brand the event according to corporate specification

 

Conclusion:

A country’s economic transformation starts with growth. Combating poverty among the youth needs a sense of direction and a visible perspective: e.g. NYA focusing on the informal sector with emphasis on Most-At-Risk and Vulnerable young people. 

Positive Youth Development in the projections of the AU Agenda 2063 and of the Demographic Dividend recognize the utilization and harnessing young people’s strength by providing them with skills to position them as productive citizens and responsible future adults.

Your sponsorship and partnership in this direction is a national response and a boost to corporate social responsibility.

 

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