The National Youth Authority (NYA) has held a stakeholder consultative forum to review the existing National Youth Policy document in Tamale. .
The forum which was held at the Modern city Hotel, Tamale, brought together various stakeholders including chiefs, civil society groups and the media to brainstorm for a purposeful youth policy suitable for all Ghanaians.
The National Youth Policy of Ghana was launched in 2010 under the theme” Towards an Empowered Youth, Impacting Positively on National Development”, but it has emerged that the policy lacks certain impetus to drive youth development in the country.
According to the Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon Perry Okudzeto there is the need to align the existing policy with government’s development agenda as well as other relevant international development protocols and frameworks such as the United Nations Sustainable Development (SDGs) and Agenda 2063 of the African Union.
In a speech read on his behalf by Mr. Mohammed Yakubu, an official of NYA said the Authority has taken concrete steps to review the current National youth policy 2010 to further strengthen and expand the frontiers of Ghana’s youth development agenda as well as deepen the discourse of the country’s youth development strategy’.
He said, the process to review the policy is progressing steadily and “today’s event among other is one of the key consultative sessions. So far preliminary stakeholders’ engagements have been carried out, a National Technical Committee has been established, a concept paper for the review developed, retreats organized to evaluate the existing youth policy to identify gaps and generate a gap analysis report has been completed and widely disseminated to inform and elicit inputs”.
He however commended the commonwealth secretariat, STAR-Ghana, AU and Action Aid for coming on board to support the review process.