The District Chief Executive for Talensi District in the Upper East Region Hon. Edward Awenori has called for a concerted measure to invest in the youth in order to enhance the empowerment of the youth and safeguard the future of the country.
Speaking at the 59th Independence Day celebration in Tongo Sunday, Hon. Awenori noted that Ghana has a young population of over 16 million people with data from the Ghana Statistical Service indicating that about 66.6% of Ghana’s population is below the age of thirty. On this backdrop, he reiterated the need and governments commitment to invest in the youth one of which he noted as education.
“The youth are the foundation of our society. With the youth comes energy, vibrancy, innovation, optimism and labour. By empowering them, providing them the opportunity and enabling environment, they can make positive contributions to the socio-economic and political development of our nation. Neglecting them will lead to a frustrated youth who will direct their energies to destructive vices such as armed robbery, drug trafficking and prostitution,” he said.
According to him, government places a high premium on the empowerment of the youth of Ghana and hence government’s decision to invest in the youth through education.
He said “The government realizes that the future belongs to countries that best educate their children. That is why the government promised to establish 200 new Community Day Senior High Schools.”
He added that one of the Community Day Senior High Schools is currently under construction in the district and when completed will admit over 500 students.
Hundreds of pupils and students drawn from over 30 schools in the Talensi district defied the wrath of the scorching sun and exhibited a high level of rehearsed performance as they marched pass the cheering crowd of people who thronged to the St. Theresa’s school park in Tongo to witness this year’s Independence Day celebration.
Dressed in colorful uniforms and marching amidst great brass band tunes from the brass band group of the Bolgatanga secondary school, the celebration was generally characterized with bliss and a sense of national unity as many groups joined in the March pass and relived the independence moments.
The 59th Independence Day celebration in the Talensi district was attended by sub-chiefs and a representative of the Paramount chief of the Talensi traditional area, representatives of the various political parties, members of the district assembly, security agencies and members of the general public.
Meanwhile some teachers who joined the March parade used the opportunity to remind government of their arrears while chanting “No arrears no teaching.”
By: Azongo Albert | A1RADIOONLINE.com | GHANA