On the occasion of International Youth Day, 12 August 2018, the Voices of Youth Coalition calls on the President, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to focus his governance agenda on formulating a new National Youth Policy that would transform Ghanaian youth into productive members of society, active citizens, and drivers of socio-economic development. The Coalition recognises government efforts towards youth employment, including through initiatives such as National Entrepreneurship and Innovations Plan, Youth Employment Agency, Planting for Food and Jobs, Presidential Pitch, and the Nation Builders’ Corps. While these initiatives are well intentioned, they operate in a policy vacuum, without clear direction, and with little multi-sectoral linkages. This makes it difficult to measure the contribution of these initiatives to the national development agenda. Evidently, these uncoordinated efforts have not achieved any meaningful results, almost midway through His Excellency’s tenure of office. The Coalition believes that the matters raised in this petition are of serious public interest and are of grave public importance, especially as pertinent youth issues such as unemployment have reached crisis point. The Voices of Youth Coalition therefore urges His Excellency to urgently put in place and publish a roadmap and timelines for the formulation of a National Youth Policy, doing so in an open, all-inclusive, and youth-driven manner.
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