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01.08.2006 Social News

Youth Training Institutes To Be Re-Structured

By Times
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The Minister for Manpower Deve-lopment, Youth and Employment, Boniface Abubakar Saddique has given the assurance that the various youth leadership training institutes dotted round the country will soon undergo massive restructuring.

He said the exercise aims at equipping the institutes to serve as model avenues to offer entrepreneurial skills as a strategy for reducing unemployment and poverty in the country.

Alhaji Saddique said this when he opened a two-day conference of youth co-ordinators and principals of the National Youth Council (NYC) here last Friday.

The objective of the conference was to offer the opportunity for participants to strategize on the councils role in poverty reduction and wealth creation especially among the youth.

Alhaji Saddique, noted that as part of the restructuring exercise, the programmes currently offered at the various institutes would be reviewed to be in consonance with current trends.

Times investigations to ascertain the current state of the 11 institutes revealed that most of them were poorly resourced.
investigations to ascertain the current state of the 11 institutes revealed that most of them were poorly resourced.

Alhaji Saddique stressed that the present and future success of the nation depended largely on the youth.

"The shape, character and discipline of our youth today determine the direction of our national development and therefore as a nation we need a well disciplined youth with a high sense of humour and practice behaviour to move the nation forward," he said.

He said the ministry will contribute towards the promotion of democratic practices and strengthen values and culture through workshop, seminars, conferences and publications under the high patronage of youth organizations.

In that regards, he said his sector was considering resourcing and supporting the Federation of Youth Associations of Ghana (FEDYA) under the supervision of the NYC.

The Acting National Youth Co-ordinator, of the NYC, Mr. Edward Kofi Adomah said in their resolve to positively empower the youth in Ghana, his outfit was confronted with the challenges of low salary levels and poor service conditions, and inadequate budgetary allocation to implement their programmes.

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