Youth urged to shun get rich quick attitude
By: Philip Tegnzu
The Upper West Regional Directorate of the National Youth Authority (NYA) has commemorated this year’s African Youth Day (AYD) with a call on the youth to desist from the get rich quick attitude which influenced them into indulging in corruption practices.
The Upper West Regional Director of the NYA, Mumuni Sulemana, who made the call in Wa yesterday noted that the youth were the custodians of the future and that they should not engage in any act that would marred their integrity as future leaders.
First November each year is set aside by the African community as Africa Youth Day to acknowledge and celebrates the youth for their contribution to national development. The 2018 edition was on the theme “The Youth and the Fight against Corruption”.
The event in the Upper West Region was graced by representatives from the National Office of the Authority, Regional Minister and the Attorney General’s Department as well as selected youth from all ten districts in the region.
It was commemorated in a grand style with the sitting of the Regional Youth Parliament, skill training in beads and soap making for the youth and to be crowned with the Upper West Regional Achievers and Mentors Awards.
In his message to the youth, Mr. Sulemana urged the youth not to compromise their integrity for any purpose but to work hard to achieve their goals.
He explained that his outfit was working assiduously to ensure that the youth were adequately empowered to help fight corruption in the country.
In a speech read on his behalf, the Upper West Regional Minster, Alhaji Sulemana Alhassan explained that corruption had marred the reputation and development of many African countries and that the government of Ghana had put in measures to nib the practice in the bud.
Some of these measures he identified included the National Anti-Corruption Action Plan (NACAP) and the institution of the Office of the Special Prosecutor.
While commending the youth for their contribution to the fight against corruption in the country, Alhaji Sulemana noted that any individual caught in the act will be dealt with according to the law.
“A good number of youth have been very instrumental in exposing corruption and petitioning state institutions such as CHRAJ and EOCO to investigate alleged acts of corruption.
I commend these young people for the bravery and urge you all to join in the fight against corruption,” Alhaji Sulemana said.
For his part, the Director, Education and Training at the National Office, NYA, Kwesi Evans-Nkum stated that the authority had taken several steps to empower the youth economically to prevent them from engaging in corruption practices.
He explained that Ghana had been recognized at the international level as a beacon of democracy and implored the youth to jealously safeguard that status.
The youth were also schooled on some laws that were against corruption as well as ways through which they could report corruption cases to the appropriate authority.