Upper West Region Youth in PJF yields results
By Philip Tengzu
The Upper West Regional Secretariat of the national youth authority (NYA), on Thursday, said it has harvested 1022 bags of maize through the Youth in Planting for Food and Jobs programme last year.
The NYA supported 120 youth in the Region who participated in a pilot project of Youth in Planting for Food and Jobs Programme last year to cultivate 120 acres of maize while the Prison Service which also participate in the programme harvested 120 bags of maize.
Director of Programmes and Operations at the National Secretariat of the NYA, Mr Mumuni Sulemana, noted that two-third of the produce would be given to the youth to either cultivate again or to sell and use the money to support other activities.
He added that the rest of the produce would be given to the Buffer Stock Company as part of the authority’s contribution to ensuring food security in the country.
Mr Sulemana said the NYA piloted the programme in the region to ascertain its potential to engage the youth in agriculture through the PFJ programme and said it would be repeated due to its success.
Speaking at a brief ceremony in Wa to hand over the produce to the youth, the Deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the NYA, Mr Bright Acheampong, noted that it was an obligation of the youth to contribute to national development through every means available to them.
“We are all involved in building our mother land” he said, adding that the success of the programme was an indication that the youth were ready to contribute to the development of the country and was hopeful that they would be able to replicate that without the support of the NYA.
“I hope that in this year farming season you will be able to hold forth and have the sustenance to be able to do it your own way and have the produce.
As and when you grow and you are able to garner the needed profit out of it you will also be able to help others who are also in that position when we find you and you will collaborate together”, Mr. Acheampong noted.
He however commended the youth for committing themselves towards the programme saying that youth in other countries were not committed to contributing to the development of their countries and observed that the investment that the government made in the youth would not go waste.
“All of you here gathered will attest to the fact it has delivered the needed results so we are going to use it as a premise for us to be able to move forward and contribute more for each and everyone to have the benefit of our contribution”, the Deputy NYA CEO noted.
The Deputy Director of Prisons, Mr Christopher Nyamedi, assured the NYA of the service’s resolve to partner with the authority in the coming years to scale up the programme for the benefit of the region and the nation as a whole.
On his part, the Acting Upper West Regional Director of the NYA, Mr Archibald Donkoh Junior, said he would work to minimise the challenges the youth faced in the last year cropping season to improve on the activities of the coming years.
“We are all aware what happened in the past year was a pilot project and as a pilot we are supposed to, after the project, study it, know the challenges and where and where that we need to improve upon.
We are aware of the challenges that the youth faced last year so I am not saying we are going to do something different from what was supposed to be done, but we are going to put in measures to curtail some of the challenges they faced last year”, Mr. Donkoh Junior explained.