Mr. Haruna Mohammed, the National Deputy General Secretary of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), has officially received the Ghana Youth Manifesto for the upcoming 2024 general election. The manifesto, presented by Mr. Solomon Okai, a Member of the Ghana Youth Manifesto Coalition and the Programmes Officer of the Foundation for Security and Development in Africa (FOSDA), aims to address key issues affecting Ghanaian youth.
The presentation ceremony took place at the NPP's Headquarters in Accra and included the NPP national leadership. The manifesto, a collaborative effort by various youth organizations, groups, networks, and associations in the country, outlines a youth-focused development vision. It represents the aspirations, needs, and concerns of young Ghanaians while providing a roadmap for a more inclusive, equitable, and prosperous nation.
Mr. Okai explained that the manifesto is the result of a comprehensive survey involving over 3,500 young people across all 16 regions of Ghana. It assesses their views on critical national and youth development issues, including education, employment, health, sexual reproductive rights, good governance, youth with disabilities, and youth peace and security. The report also outlines priorities for the next government, extending to its first 100 days in power after the 2024 general elections.
During the presentation, Mr. Okai appealed to the NPP to consider incorporating the six major issues highlighted in the Ghana Youth Manifesto into its own manifesto for the 2024 elections. Mr. Haruna Mohammed, in receiving the report, praised the foresight of the Ghana Youth Manifesto members and assured them that the NPP would carefully consider the key issues affecting the youth.
Mr. Mohammed highlighted the NPP-led Government's efforts over the past seven years in delivering on promises to create jobs for the youth. He mentioned initiatives such as the youth employment policy, which has seen the recruitment of over eight thousand people nationwide. Additionally, Mr Mohammed emphasized the government's commitment to sports development, with the construction of over 150 astro turfs and multi-purpose sports complexes.
Dr. Asiedu Kokro, NPP National Deputy Director of Communications, stressed the importance of aligning university programs with job creation to address the unemployment issue. He urged the youth to stay focused, be bold, and engage in activism, emphasizing that activism is an integral part of the democratic process.
Mr. Christopher Wisdom Penu, the National Coordinator of the Ghana Youth Manifesto, expressed gratitude for the financial and technical support from a consortium of youth-focused civil society organizations and international NGOs. The organizations include FOSDA, DANIDA, YEfL Ghana, NORSAAC, Africa Education Watch, Youth Advocate Ghana (YAG), West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP), ActionAID, and the Global Platform, and The Gracedlife Leadership Centre (TGLC).