Dr Oheneba Manu, a Lecturer at the Department of Sociology and Social Work, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), has asked government to make youth development a key priority on its agenda.
He said there is the need to assist them to develop skills in Information, Communication and Technology (ICT), vocations and trades as well as good character training adding that it is by so doing that they would be sufficiently empowered to contribute meaningfully to the nation’s development process.
He said this when the Sociology and Social Work Students’ Association (SSOWSA) of the university feted the kids at the Kumasi Children’s Home.
Dr Manu said youth development issues had become major pillars in the socio-economic agenda of most developing countries, mindful of the serious repercussions their neglect could have on the growth of society.
He called for the establishment of Counseling Centres to help mentor and motivate the youth to lead socially acceptable lifestyles.
Mr Jacob Achulo, Ashanti Regional Director of the Department of Social Welfare, complained about frequent breakdown of marriages and its attendant cost of leaving children in the streets.