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Speaker Oquaye urges the Youth of Ghana to prepare for effective Leadership

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The Speaker of Parliament, Professor Mike Oquaye, has tasked the youth of the country to prepare themselves adequately to take up the reigns of leadership after them in the future.

The Speaker made the call when Youth Parliamentarians from the Northern Region of Ghana, led by Youth Empowerment for Life (YEfL) with support from the STAR-Ghana foundation, paid a courtesy call on him in his office on Thursday, February 28, 2019.

The Youth group was made up of representatives from 175 Youth Parliamentarians from Twenty-five communities in five districts of the Northern Region of Ghana namely, Sagnarigu, Yendi, Saboba, Nanumba South and Nanumba North and other youth advocates.

In his interaction with the group, Professor Mike Oquaye, indicated that investment in the youth of the country should become the primary concern of all who are in charge of governance because the youth are the future of the country. However, he impressed upon them to consciously take up the mantle to develop themselves before they answer to the call for leadership.

“I want to impress on you to prepare yourselves for the future. Take this as a process of socialization and preparation to prepare yourselves in so many ways. So that when you get to certain positions, you are able to participate meaningfully,” he said.

He advised them not to allow themselves to be negatively influenced by the persons in leadership positions who may be corrupt. He observed that, some of the youth are often introduced to corruption when they come into contact with some of these corrupt officials in leadership positions.

“I have said that we elderly people spoil young people when they come out from their colleges. Do you know why? They come and see people who are not supposed to be corrupt, corrupt. Normally, they don’t want to get involved in it, but with little time they get acclimatized.” He lamented.

He stressed the point that the youth need to see good examples from leaders in the society, “but if everybody is taking bribes in their offices, then at the end of the day they become acculturated with the habit.”

The Youth Parliament is a concept started by the youth of Saboba and currently being implemented as an extended project by the Youth Empowerment for Life (YEfL). The initiative is to provide a platform for young people to have engagements with decentralized duty bearers and find solutions to issues concerning community development. The project is being supported by STAR-Ghana Foundation with funding from DFID, DANIDA and EU.

The representatives of the group that visited parliament raised some issues for the consideration of the Speaker and the Leadership of Parliament.

The Speaker for the Youth Parliament, Jeremiah Kasalku Takal, asked Parliament to support youth inclusivity in governance processes at all levels to advance policy formulation and implementation for national development.

He also called on the August House to fast track some pieces of legislations including the Right to Information Bill among others.

“We humbly call for the passage of the Legislative Instrument (LI) of the National Youth Authority Act (Act 939) to give effect to the Law and National Youth Policy. Parliament should respectfully fast-track the passage of the Affirmative Action and Right to Information Bills as soon as possible, ” he said.

Source: Clement Akoloh ||

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