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Politics Tue, 8 Mar 2016

Youth dev´t important for Ghana’s future - MCE

The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of the La Nkwantanang-Madina Assembly, Mr Franklin P. Anku, has stated that youth development is important for the future of the country.

He was addressing the 59th Independence Anniversary celebrations at the St James Anglican Basic School Park at Teiman, on the theme: “Investing in the youth for Ghana’s transformation.”

Mr Anku said providing the conditions for positive youth development, however, was a shared responsibility by families, schools and communities and stressed that the era where only the government was relied on to train and offer employment to the youth was a thing of the past.

“The private sector needs to complement the government’s efforts by absorbing graduates who are jobless,” Mr Anku said.

On the falling standards of education in the municipality, he announced that the municipal directorate of education was organising an educational durbar on March 17, 2016 to debate on strategies to adopt to improve education in the municipality.

He announced that he had instituted the Municipal Chief Executive’s Award for Excellence as a way of making education very competitive in the municipality, “but more importantly, as a means of motivating students to learn hard.”

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The MCE of the Adentan Municipal Assembly, Mr Benjamin B. Angenu, said the youth were now being associated with indiscipline, armed robbery, sexual promiscuity, cyber fraud, occultism and disrespect for authority.

He said those vices called for pragmatic policies and actions that would make the youth social actors of change and progress.

Mr Angenu said it was in recognition of that that the government had over the years pursued programmes and projects aimed at mainstreaming the activities of the youth and to empower them to contribute meaningfully towards national development.

From La, Emmanuel Ebo Hawkson reports that in what could be described as a departure from the norm, the Labone Senior High School emerged winners of the Independence Day parade held at the La Dade–Kotopon Municipal Assembly (LaDMA), beating the favourite, Armed Forces Senior High and Technical School.

More than 1,900 students from selected basic and senior high schools in the municipality took part in the parade.

The Municipal Chief Executive of LaDMA, Mrs Rita Odoley Sowah, emphasised the need for the country to continue to invest in programmes that would help develop the youth and added that “such an investment was a strategic way of transforming our nation.”

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The colourful event attracted many personalities such as the La Mantse, Nii Kpobi Tettey Tsuru III, and the parliamentary candidate for Dade-Kotopon, Nii Amasah Namoale.

Yakubu Abdul-Jalil reports from Amasaman that the Ga West Municipal Assembly (GWMA), as part of its political activities, would hold a political dialogue session for the various political parties in the municipality to ensure a peaceful election in November.

“In a few months from now, as intensive political campaigns start, I have discussed with the security heads within the municipality to start meetings with political parties, so we can have healthy dialogue that will lead to a peaceful election in November,” the Municipal Chief Executive of GWMA, Mr Sam Atukwei Quaye, said.

The MCE made the remarks at Ghana’s 59th Independence Anniversary celebration in Amasaman near Accra.

The Chief Executive of the Ga Central Municipal Assembly, Mr Aristo Aryee, at the 59th Independence Day celebration at the Odorgonno SHS in Accra, appealed to traditional authorities in the area to help the assembly to acquire land to enable it to undertake the numerous development projects it envisaged, reports Timothy Ngnenbe.

He also urged parents to invest in the education of their children since that was the best way to maintain and sustain the legacies bequeathed the country by the founders.

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“The founding fathers stood the test of time in the fight for independence because they were educated. It is important to break all barriers to education to ensure that the younger generation gets quality education to continue the development agenda,” he said.

Mr Aryee urged the public, especially the youth, to be circumspect during the election campaign leading to the November 7 election this year. “It is envisaged that tensions, bitterness and acrimony will inevitably rear its ugly head among families, friends and party members. We must remember that destructive elections can impoverish the citizens,” he said.

From Akyem-Oda Samuel Kyei-Boateng reports that pupils and students from 36 schools in the area participated in Ghana’s 59th Independence Anniversary celebration.

Addressing the participants, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Birim Central, Mr Kwabena Nkansah-Asare, said the contribution of youth to the transformation of all economies the world over, including Ghana, “could not be underestimated.

He said in the light of that the government of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) had made tremendous investments in all sectors with the aim of creating opportunities for the development of the youth.

Mr Nkansah-Asare stated that the educational sector had received massive investments for increasing equitable accessing to and participation in quality education at all levels.

He said: “This is being done through the removal of physical and financial barriers to access education in the country.”The MCE said the ongoing construction of the first 123 out of the new 200 community day senior high schools, construction of classroom blocks, dining halls, science resource centres and ICT centres in existing schools were all but critical investments in the youth in school.

Mr Nkansah-Asare said in ameliorating the financial burden on parents, the government had initiated several social intervention programmes, such as the supply of free school uniforms, exercise books, school sandals and textbooks to schoolchildren in the country as a means of promoting quality education.

Source: Graphic.com.gh