The SDG Youth Platform, a sub-platform of the Ghana CSOs Platform on SDGs, successfully participated in STAR-Ghana’s Youth Parliamentary engagement with the Speaker of Ghana’s 7th Parliament in the 4th Republic, Rt.Hon. Mike Ocquaye. The meeting took place at the Speaker’s Chamber at the Parliament House on 28th February 2019.
The Platform was represented by: Emmanuel Ametepey and Clifford Gyetuah from Youth Advocates Ghana, Obaa Akua Konadu from the Youth Empowerment Synergy, John Alate from Act for Life and Joshua K. Adzakpa from the Alliance for SDGs Network.
Some of the key issues projected by the Acting CEO of STAR-Ghana, Mr. Ibrahim-Tanko Amidu are:
1. The need for a structured mentoring programme that will enable youth to prepare themselves and engage with seasoned leaders not just at the national level but also at the regional and district levels.
2. Create spaces for the youth to speak to duty bearers and policymakers.
On the part of the Speaker of the Youth Parliament, he mentioned some of the successes of the Youth Parliament in the areas of Sanitation, Education and Health. He then proposed the following to the Speaker of Ghana’s Parliament:
1. Speed up the all processes to pass a Legislative Instrument that will back the National Youth Authority Act.
2. Appointment of youth, especially from youth organizations to the various district assemblies.
On our part as a Youth Sub Platform on the SDGs in Ghana, Emmanuel Ametepey used the opportunity to introduce the whole CSOs platform on the SDGs to the Speaker of Ghana’s Parliament and mentioned our commitment to mobilize young people across Ghana towards the SDGs. He further congratulated STAR-Ghana for supporting the Youth Parliament initiative and applauded the Speaker and the entire Parliament of Ghana for committing such space for young people. He finally mentioned that the Youth Sub Platform will be calling on them for such engagements.
According to the representative of the National Youth Authority, the Authority is liasing with STAR-Ghana to replicate the youth parliament model across the country. The representative also mentioned that the Authority’s plans to organise a “State of the Youth” address. The address is intended to provide an opportunity for young people to engage with policymakers and duty bearers on issues of importance to the youth.
Finally, Rt.Hon. Ocquaye charged the youth to invest heavily in building their capacity to be able to participate meaningfully in governance processes.