Youth advised against using violence to obtain employment in the oil sector
Mr. Joe Appiah, Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Youth Coordinator of the National Youth Authority (NYA) on Wednesday advised the youth to engage peacefully with the district assemblies and traditional authorities on employment issues in the country’s oil sector.
He gave the advice at a one-day Youth Employment Forum organized by the NYA and the Youth Empowerment Synergy (YES), Ghana, for 100 youth drawn from Youth and Student organizations in the Metropolis at Sekondi.
Mr. Appiah said the youth should not resort to violence when they are unable to obtain employment in the sector. Rather, they should acquire skills relevant to their areas of interest and apply for employment through the approved channels, he added.
Mr. Appiah said the NYA is building the capacities of the youth within the framework of the National Youth Policy to enable them to contribute meaningfully towards the development of the country.
He urged Non-Governmental Oragnisations to compliment the government’s effort in providing the NYA with the necessary logistics to carry out its mandate.
Mr. George Nyevilley-Blay, Western Regional Representative of YES,Ghana, said the organisation was implementing a “Youth for Good Governance in Ghana’s Oil Sector” project in the six oil producing districts in the Region which included the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis, Nzema East Municipality and the Shama, Ahanta West, Jomoro and Ellembele Districts.
He said the overall aim of the project was to deepen youth led strategies to strengthen the country’s good governance and sustained development, especially in the oil economy.
Mr Nyevilley-Blay said the project also sought to build capacities of local youth to undertake advocacy and civic engagement with particular relevance for the emerging oil economy, increase opportunities for the youth to contribute towards acheiving evironmentally sound governance at the local level and lay the foundation for a network of youth to support efforts in making Ghana’s oil become a development booster instead of a source of conflict.