A Regional stakeholders’ consultative meeting on the review of the 2010 National Youth Policy has been held in Koforidua, the Eastern Regional capital.
The meeting was on the theme: "Towards an empowered youth, impacting positively on national development."
It was attended by participants made up of representatives of various youth groups, the municipal and district assemblies chiefs and various stakeholders.
They discussed suggestions and guidelines to the youth development agenda that would make place for all to come on board to develop new programmes to make the policy proactive and champion the development and wellbeing of the youth.
Addressing the workshop, the Krontihene of the New Juabeng Traditional Area, Barffuor Nyantakyi Tutu Boateng, restated the need to incorporate the concerns and challenges of the youth in the country’s development agenda.
He said the youth possessed enormous potentials that must be utilised for accelerated national development.
In his remarks, the Deputy Eastern Regional Minister, Mr Samuel Nuertey Ayetey, said the country had a large youthful population and that the development of the youth was the government’s priority, adding that discussing the youth development agenda was necessary to capture the concerns of the youth to bring them on board in the implementation of policies and programmes for national development.
The Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Operations and Programmes of the National Youth Authority (NYA), Mr Bright Acheampong, said there was the need for committed individuals and stakeholders to spearhead the youth development policy to achieve the desired results.