Ghana: Youth in Politics and Entrepreneurship summit: To help tackle youth unemployment

By Ike Dzokpo

Every year, tons of youth graduate into the labour market without a clue of their future despite all efforts made in creating more jobs, the unemployment rate is on the increase.

On another side, our political terrain has shown the enormous involvement of youths in politics. The outcome has not been the best since lots of youths are ill informed of what POLITICS entails, the role and responsibility of the younger citizens.

In a bid to advance the youths from the university level, The Youth in Politics and Entrepreneurship summit was initiated.

The summit was aimed at guiding and inspiring university students to excel as students, spend their time and resources in viable investments, seek avenue for entrepreneurship; and be positively involved in politics to the betterment of the economy and society at large.

The summit was jointly put together by GP Africana Concept Int’l, Finding The Future Ghana and the Students Representative Council (SRC) of Valley View University, Dodowa, Ghana with support from Databank Group.

Speaking at The summit was Mr. Joe Jackson, The Director of Business Operations of Dalex Finance.

According to him: “OVER 40% OF UNIVERSITY STUDENTS HAVE NO EMPLOYMENT PROSPECTS WHEN THEY GRADUATE’. He further said that Entrepreneurship is no longer a choice; but the only viable employment option available to lots of young graduates in the country.

Looking at the efforts and outcomes of past and present government, Ghana still has a long way to go in tackling the depressing phenomenon of joblessness because it is not creating enough opportunities for the teaming graduates.

Drawing the attention of participants to the disappointment in job searching, he said: “you are not going to get your dream job when you walk out of this institution. You may have to create one”.

Mr. Joe Jackson attributed the situation on partisan politics, widespread corruption, greed and recklessness in the country. He bemoaned the trend that if you are not blessed with people, parents and guardians with ‘connection’ to get you slotted into the very few jobs that are being created, you are in trouble.

Anchoring his presentation on the theme: “PRESS ON, he said there is good news! Entrepreneurship could earn you a lot of money but the journey is arduous and requires a lot of time. Just start and press on…and success is assured”.

Believe in your dream even when others do not, and be sure there is need for whatever you are doing. Being an entrepreneur does not mean you are opting for less; sometimes, you are opting for more.

Just be ready to fail and use the lessons from the failure to improve the rest of the journey. Self-belief, faith, perseverance, hard work are key characteristics that will see you through as an entrepreneur, he admonished the students.

The summit ended with questions answers and responses from various parties.
President of the Students Representative Council of the University said, “…the realities on the ground as revealed to us by Mr. Joe Jackson were staggering. He shared his real life experience with us as a successful entrepreneur. It felt so real, revealing and very interesting…”

CEO of GP Africana International, Mr. God’spower F, spoke fondly about the initiative and said “… our mission is simple, we want to whip up the interest of the youth in politics and entrepreneurship. The speaker was explicit, he gave us exactly what we were expecting as organizer and this reflected in the responses from the students and staff…”

The Program Director and CEO of Finding The Future Ghana expressed gratitude to Databank Group for her support as well as the entire university community. He further said that this summit was carefully plan to guide and inspire participants to take responsibility of their success in life. Getting involved in politics and being an entrepreneur are vital roles all youths shouldn’t neglect.

Also present at the event were Hon. Isaac Otu Zorh (Shai Osudoku Constituency) and Hon. Patrick Dei-Lartey, the Chairman Business Advisory Committee and Assembly Man (Salem Dodowa) representing the Honorable Member of Parliament for Dodowa Constituency and Staff of Valley View University.

Source News Ghana

Ghana: Our Africa’s Wealth Must Go into Empowering Our Youth


Africa must develop a strategy to reap the demographic dividend that the continent’s youthful population offers, Ghana President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said.

Thus, African leaders ought to leverage the continent’s vast wealth to develop and empower their respective youth populations, which are the largest generation of young people in history.

Delivering a speech at the weekend at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, at Harvard University, Boston, United States of America, on the theme “Empowering the Youth, Africa’s Golden Future”, President Akufo-Addo noted that the population opportunity would not automatically guarantee the continent a future of growth and prosperity.

He was emphatic that though there was great hope in the capacity of the youth to shape the future of Africa and make Africa the lion that it was meant to be, “Demographic dividends do not come automatically. They have to be earned.”

To realise the demographic dividend, African countries, the President stressed, have to invest in the empowerment, education and employment of young people.

“No one needs to tell us that mass unemployment in Africa, especially amongst her youth, is a ticking time bomb. The so-called Arab Spring showed clearly that lack of employment opportunities can undermine social cohesion and political stability. With between 10 to 12 million youths joining the labour market every year, Africa has to pay maximum attention to job creation,” he added.

President Akufo-Addo held that increasing investment in young people, and promoting quality education that prepared them for the future, was key to stemming the increasing trend of young people willing to risk everything to improve their circumstances.

“That is why the Free Senior High School policy, instituted by my government two years ago, which is expanding dramatically access to secondary school education for all of Ghana’s young people, is opening up greater and greater vistas of opportunities for Ghana’s young female population. Legislation is on its way to redefine basic education to encompass kindergarten up to the end of senior high school, and make it compulsory for all of Ghana’s children,” he said.

Describing the 21st century as the century of science and technology, the President noted that the mastery of digital technology by African youth must be the compelling challenge for them if, indeed, they are to survive in this competitive, technological environment.

Additionally, with several economies on the continent dependent on the production and export of raw materials, President Akufo-Addo noted that there is no way these economies can produce wealth and prosperity for their peoples, especially their youth, explaining that “it is time we were responsible for processing our own resources. It is time that we, in Africa, manage our resources well, to generate wealth for our populations.”

President Akufo-Addo also advocated for the involvement of young people in decisions that affect them, explaining that Africa cannot talk about shaping the future without talking about the welfare and wellbeing of young people.

“It is important that Africa takes these ideas forward to harness the value of a youthful population, holding human rights, gender equality, development of human capital, and dignity at the centre of all our investments. Only by providing opportunities that open the future to all young people do we create a brighter future,” the President said.

The President stressed that Africa does not have a DNA that dooms her to failure, and that the continent, like all the other peoples that have succeeded, can make life meaningful and worth living for their own people.

“There is an abundance of dynamic, entrepreneurial talent on our continent struggling to express itself and take advantage of such conditions.

“We have to encourage this expression with full force, and ensure that we can stand on our own feet, and make it impossible for the systematic looting and plundering of our human and material resources, that have characterized much of our modern history, to continue. This is the significance of the concept of Ghana Beyond Aid, indeed, of Africa Beyond Aid,” President Akufo-Addo added.

President Akufo-Addo is on a nine-day visit of the United States of America and the Republic of Cuba. His visit to the United States is to honour outstanding invitations extended to him to participate in public engagement programmes there.

Source Ghana News Agency

Ghana: ‘Stop using zongo youth to cause mayhem’

By Hafsa Obeng

The Ghana Muslim Mission (GMM) has called on politicians to desist from using zongo youth to cause mayhem in the country.

Dr Sheikh Amin Bonsu, the National Chairman of the GMM, urged the youth, especially Muslim youth, to name and shame any politician, groups or individuals who made an attempt to use them for such acts.

“Per Islamic teachings and human wisdom, you shouldn’t allow yourself to be used for such acts. However, if Muslim youths fail to dissociate themselves from such acts, we will have no option than to come together to pressurise them to do so,” he said.

Sheikh Dr Bonsu said this at a press conference, organised by the GMM in Accra, to condemn some wrongs in the society and recommend ways to deal with them.

He condemned the recent attack on the New Times Corporation journalists encouraged them to be bold and prudent in their discharge of their duties.

“The law must deal drastically with anyone who attacks or tries to take away the independence of journalists who are important tools for promoting socio-economic development.”

The Chairman appealed to all nations to avoid violence, terrorism, racism, extremism, murder and all sorts of hate crimes.

Dr Sheikh Bonsu called on security agencies, especially the Ghana Police Service, to be circumspect in the discharge of their duties and to avoid extreme use of force on innocent citizens.

“We also appeal to all Ghanaians to be law abiding and appreciate the work of the Security Agencies, especially the Ghana Police Service, who are always with us on our daily routines,” he said.

On the GMM’s developmental projects, Dr Sheikh Bonsu called on government, politicians, and all Muslims to support its fund raising activities for the construction of a College of Education at Kukuom and similar projects in other regions.

The Ghana Muslim Mission is a non-political association of Muslims aimed at promoting the development agenda of the government and generally contributing to socioeconomic development.

It has over 120 schools nationwide as well as hospitals, technical and vocational training centres.

Source GNA

Ghana: Prof. Ransford Gyampo heads Youth Bridge Research Institute

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Professor Ransford Edward Van Gyampo

By GNA Reporter

Accra, Feb. 18, GNA – Professor Ransford Edward Van Gyampo, one of Ghana’s young and astute Political Scientists, now heads the Youth Bridge Research Institute (YBRI), a subsidiary organisation of the Youth Bridge Foundation (YBF).

The Institute was set up, to inter alia, conduct research that characterises the situation of the youth in Africa and African Diasporan youth, identify gaps and opportunities to strengthen youth development through practice and policy.

In a release issued to the Ghana News Agency, signed by Ms Elsie Appiah-Osei, Head of Communications, YBF, it said the YBRI under sponsorship of the African Youth Governance Convergence (AYGC) would undertake evidence-based academic research on young people in Ghana, Africa and among Diasporan youth.

It would make findings accessible to governments and policy makers across the continent.

It said it would engage in dialogue and advocacy to promote effective youth policy design and implementation; provide leadership training and mentorship for the youth; and create a platform for harnessing the zeal, enthusiasm and potential of the youth for national development.

Born on March 31, 1977, Prof Gyampo is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Centre for European Studies of the University of Ghana, with 14 years of teaching and research experience.

Until recently, he was a visiting scholar at the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of South Florida, United States of America (USA). He currently serves as a Visiting Professor to the Institute of Advanced Studies at the University of Bristol, United Kingdom.

For 14 years, he was a Senior Research Fellow at the Governance Unit of the Institute of Economic Affairs leading a number of research projects and playing a key role in the IEA’s Socio-Economic and Governance Surveys.

For 10 years, Prof Gyampo also served as Coordinator of the Ghana Political Parties Programme, a programme that brought together the leadership of Political Parties with representation in Ghana’s Parliament to discuss issues of national importance in a non-partisan manner and to propose practical solutions to them.

He is a member of Ghana’s Electoral Reforms Committee and played a key role in identifying the challenges of Ghana’s electoral processes and submitting electoral reform proposals to the Electoral Commission for the purposes of fine-tuning Ghana’s electoral system.

He is also a member of the Representation of the People’s Amendment Act (ROPAA) Consultative Committee, a Committee set up by the Electoral Commission to research, consult and advise on the implementation of the law that mandates Ghanaians living abroad to vote in Ghanaian elections.

Prof. Gyampo holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Ghana and at Tufts University in Boston, USA. His research interest lies in the areas of Youth Empowerment and Development, Governance, Democracy, and Natural Resource Management.

He is of the firm belief and conviction that, “If the future belongs to the youth, then the youth must be developed and prepared for the future.” He is currently researching on “Youth Development, Mentorship, Empowerment and Participation” with the view to helping the building of a critical mass of responsible and mature young people for Ghana’s development now and in the future.

Prof Gyampo has more than 100 research works to his credit within his areas of research interest.

These have been published in internationally refereed journals across the globe as Books, Book Chapters, Book Reviews, Peer Reviewed Journal Articles, Technical Reports, Monographs and Policy Briefs.

Source GNA

Ghana: Youth Want SDGs Taught In JHS, SHS

By Modern Ghana

The convener for Youth Coalition for promotion of the Sustainable Development Goals in Northern Ghana, Mr. Gaeten Agbaam has called on government to initiate steps aimed at mainstreaming the SDGs into the curriculum of basic and senior high schools.

This according to Mr. Agbaam will enable young people to become exposed to the SDGs at a very early stage in life and therefore be more willing to take action for the realization of the global goals.

Speaking to both students and teachers of the Tamale Senior High School in Tamale at the commencement of his maiden SDG Tour to Senior High Schools in Ghana, Mr. Agbaam explained that the adoption of sustainable development goals represents a strong commitment by both national governments and the international community at ensuring a better world for all humanity.

He, therefore, opined that as part of measures to operationalize this commitment the government of Ghana should consider mainstreaming teaching of the SDGs into the national curriculum for basic and senior high schools so as to enhance broad base education on these goals amongst the youth of the country who inevitably represent its future.

Mr. Agbaam also called on the student themselves to develop an interest in extra curricular activities that contribute to enhancing environmental sustainability since the effect of climate change and vulnerability are fast becoming so real and well seen in the three northern regions of Ghana.

Mr. Gaeten Agbaam also used the occasion to announce the coalitions maiden SDG conference for Northern Ghana which is scheduled to take place in Tamale on the 20th April 2019.

He explained that the conference was aimed at raising awareness and educating the youth about the Sustainable Development Goals and the need to strive towards achieving them.

He, therefore, called on all students and young people between the ages of 18-30 years to register for the conference since it represents the very first of its kind in the region.

Mr. Agbaam also applauded the Headmistress and staff of the Tamale Senior High school for buying into the SDG agenda and for giving him the chance to talk to the student body.

Other members of the coalition who were also present at the tour included Mr. David Baako Larweh, Miss. Sandra Tom Dery, Mr.Hyginus Laari and Mr. Fuseini Farouk Lamin.

The next phase of the SDG tour is expected to take place in the Bono region.

Source Modern Ghana

Ghana: BAC registers youth for entrepreneurship training

By GhanaWeb

The initiative was being implemented in three regions

The Sekyere East District Directorate of the Business Advisory Centre (BAC) has begun the registration of the youth in the area for entrepreneurship and financial literacy training programme.

The training, which is under the Youth Entrepreneurship and Employable Programme (YEEP) of the National Board for Small Scale Industries (NBSSI) is to help provide employable skills in entrepreneurship and business management to the youth.

Mr Akwasi Owusu, District Manager, told the Ghana News Agency in an interview at the beginning of the registration exercise at Effiduase that, the programme was being supported by the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ).

He said the youth between the ages of 18 to 35 years, who were mostly returnees, potential migrants and those already into Micro Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (MSSMEs) had been targeted to benefit from the training programme.

The aim is to help to curtail illegal migrations, save lives and help the youth to contribute to the nation building process.

Mr Owusu said the registration exercise which started on Wednesday with a sensitisation and awareness creation activities, would end on Friday.

He said the initiative was being implemented in three regions–Greater Accra, Ashanti and Brong Ahafo.

The Sekyere East, Sekyere Kumawu, Sekyere South, Sekyere Afram Plains, Sekyere Central, Ejura-Sekyedumase, Ejisu, Juaben, Asante Akim South and Asante Akim Central districts were benefiting from the programme in the Ashanti region.

Mr Owusu said the Kumawu zone, which consisted of Sekyere East, Sekyere Kumawu and Sekyere Afram Plains was expected to register 450 youth to benefit from the programme.

He said a minimum of Junior High School Certificate was what was required for an individual to register and participate in the training, which would commence on February 25, this year.

Mr Owusu said after the training process, some of the trainees would be selected and supported either in cash or kind, to establish and start their own businesses.

The goal, he said was to help to alleviate poverty, enhance community prosperity and aid in attaining the Sustainable Development Goals.

Mr. Emmanuel Adjei Baafi, the Presiding Member for the Assembly commended the NBSSI and GIZ for the initiative, saying it would serve as a lifelong relief for the people with respect to poverty and unemployment.

Mr. Adu Abrefa Charles, a person with disability from the Ntunkumso community, who went through the registration process successfully commended the BAC for the initiative and said his plan was to establish a local pharmaceutical shop in his community, adding that he had already secured a license for such operation.

Source Ghana Web

Ghana pledges $100 million to support youth entrepreneurship

By John Green

The government of Ghana will inject $100 million to boost youth entrepreneurship in the country.

Minister of Business Development Mohammed Awal revealed plans that the government of Ghana would set aside at least $100 million to finance young entrepreneurs and startups as they look to support their dreams and create space for the next generation.

The West African country like many other countries around the world faces a high rate of unemployment among the youth and seeks to address the issue through financial inclusion for the entrepreneurs.

“There’s money in Ghana we just have to redirect the spending. We are closing the gaps to mobilise these funds and, we will invest them. Goodwill is there for Ghana to grow,“ the government official admitted.

The Head of State Nana Akufo-Addo has led the Parliament in addressing the issue, having financially invested towards the same.

Mr Awal has encouraged entrepreneurs to identify new business opportunities and take advantage of the government to assist in the creation of employment.

The government launched the National Entrepreneurship Programme (NEP), an initiative aimed at creating the conducive and business-friendly environment to stimulate enterprise activities and provide integrated national support for start-ups and small businesses that would, in turn, generate employment for the teeming youth of Ghana.

“I am determined that we change the economic conditions in our country for the better, to ensure that young people see it as a place of opportunities, instead of the place from which they flee at the peril of their lives. We need to do all within our power to create an entrepreneurial climate, to enable our young people to come up with creative ideas that can be developed into businesses,” the President said during the launch of the programme in Accra in 2017.

The lack of jobs has dampened the economic outlook of Ghana prompting the president to act on the state of the country. Foreign investors such as China have also established their businesses in the West African country, also creating employment opportunities for the Ghanaians.

Source Exchange

Ghana Youth Guide To Empower 1,000 Girls In Northern Region

By Abdul Hanan

The Ghana Youth Guide, a non-partizan and advocacy organization based in Tamale, the Northern Regional capital is preparing to hold the maiden edition of the “Girls Conference 2019.

The conference is aimed at empowering some 1,000 teenage girls from various high schools in some selected districts in the Northern Region.

The prime focus is to build the capacity of young girls on their sexual reproductive and health rights, roles and responsibilities in order to avoid high-risk behaviors such us; early sexual intimacy, HIV/AIDS, early child marriage and drug abuse which is gradually consuming young girls in society.

Participanting districts in the upcoming conference includes; TamaleMetro, Savelugu, Walewale, Yendi, Sagnarigu, Tolon and Kumbungu respectively.

Prince Chentiwuni, CEO of Ghana EYouth Guide in an interview said experts in various fields of high professional standards would also lecture the girls on how to protect themselves against some social vices, path to career choices and self actualization.

He noted that, all relevant information regarding the conference has already been dispatched for effective participation in the conference.

Yet to fix a date and venue for the event, Mr, Chentiwuni revealed his outfit is still expecting some major sponsorship for the program considering the numbers involved.

He therefore appeals to the general public, cooperate bodies and government institution to partner in what he described as a worthy course.

Source Modern Ghana

Ghana: AirtelTigo CEO writes op-ed calling for collaboration to protect young people online

Yesterday, 5th February 2019 is Safer Internet Day. This global event takes place in February every year. Safer Internet Day promotes a safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones especially by children and young people across the globe.

This year’s theme is “Together for a better internet”. I am particularly excited about the theme because it calls upon policymakers, parents, teachers, law enforcement, telecom operators, among others, to join hands in walking the journey of creating a better and safer internet together.

According to a 2018 GSMA report, smartphone adoption continues to see rapid growth in sub-Saharan Africa. The report said that the total number of smartphone connections stood at 250 million at the end of 2017 and would double by 2025 to reach two-thirds of all total connections.

In Ghana, three out of 10 people now own a smartphone and the country’s data subscriptions stood at over 23 million ending September 2018. The internet is a great tool that has changed the way we work and interact with our families, friends, buy and sell, learn new things and meet new people.

I’ve been in Ghana, for just over 6 months now and I am amazed at how the youth and young entrepreneurs are leveraging the use of the internet to not only socialize but pursue their ambition.

Children and young people adapt to new technologies quickly and easily. My 6-year-old son, when asked to write about some of the things he enjoys, easily writes about how he likes to watch his favorite cartoon on YouTube – so you can imagine how happy a parent I was when I saw the launch of the YouTube Kids app (which I’ve already downloaded!).

The reality is that more young people are becoming technology savvy than we adults. My social media evolution stalled at Instagram – which makes me ancient in many young people’s eyes.

I do believe though, that the internet remains a great tool that brings us fantastic opportunities but also poses some challenges, for our children and young people. Cyber bullying, cyber-crime and access to age inappropriate content are some of the dangers that our young people are exposed to.

To create a better internet, the ‘Safer Internet Day’ offers us stakeholders in the ICT industry an opportunity to join forces to address any negative experience young people may face online. No telecom operator, non-governmental organization or ministry can create a better internet on their own and thus this year’s Safer Internet Day calls for collaboration among us all.

During this February, we at AirtelTigo will use our social media platforms to raise awareness on safe internet practices, because as a responsible telecom operator, we have an enormous responsibility to ensure young people’s safety on the internet. We will lend our voice to the cause.

I would like to see us protect the next generation of creators who will develop new solutions for our critical problems. We all have a role to play. Let’s collaborate to protect our young people online.

About AirtelTigo CEO:

Mrs Mitwa Kaemba Ng’ambi is the Chief Executive Officer of AirtelTigo, the second largest mobile operator in Ghana. Originally from Zambia, she has spent the last decade of her career in the telecommunications industry where she has developed a track record of building high-performing teams and driving business profitability across operations in Africa. A software engineer by training, she has held various roles in Information Technology and Commercial. Prior to joining AirtelTigo, Mrs Ng’ambi was the CEO of Tigo in Senegal.

Source Ghana Web

Sports: Ghana and Senegal set sights on U-20 World Cup ahead of Wednesday clash

By Prince Narkortu Teye

Amadu Nurudeen and Youssouph Dabo talk about their teams’ readiness and ambitions for the midweek encounter in the continental youth championship

Ghana U-20 assistant coach Amadu Nurudeen says his outfit are determined to beat Senegal at the ongoing Africa U-20 Cup of Nations in Niger on Wednesday to secure qualification for the summer World Cup in Poland.

Following a 2-0 win over Burkina Faso on Monday, the Black Satellites are set to take on the Young Teranga Lions, who beat Mali 2-0 in the other group game, at the Maradi Stadium.

Both teams are tied on three points at the top of Group B, a win for either side will secure one of Africa’s four tickets for the global showpiece in May/June.

“Senegal are a strong side because they have a good youth set-up,” Amadu said at the pre-match conference on Tuesday.

“We have put yesterday’s win [over Burkina Faso] aside and we’re now concentrating on Senegal.

“Whatever be the case, we will play and we’re motivated to win.

“We want to qualify to the next stage of the competition as well as the World Cup.”

Senegal coach Youssouph Dabo also shared his thoughts on the midweek duel.

“The match will be very important for both teams,” said, the young Teranga Lions boss.

“We will do our best to win and confirm our place in the next round which is our objective.

“Ghana are a strong team but they have their strengths and weaknesses.”

Ghana will wrap up their group stage campaign against Mali on Saturday.