The National Youth Authority (NYA) has inaugurated Daffiama-Bussie-Issa (DBI) district youth parliament to serve as common voice in tackling development issues.
The Youth parliament is also expected to promote accountability and transparency among stakeholders to enhance the development of the district.
The Youth Parliament seeks to build sustainable relationship between youth groups and governance structures in decision-making process and influence development outcomes, especially those that affect their development directly such as falling standards of education, drug abuse, teenage pregnancy, and security and many.
Ms Sarah Banogeku Buonsie, the DBI district Direct of NYA, said the youth forms the mainstream of Ghana’s population, and it offers the opportunity to harness the developmental potential of the youth to drive societal change.
She indicated that, the youth parliament will pave way for the youth to actively participate in decision making on issues that directly affect them and taunts the development of youth in the district.
Ms Buonsie reminded the house that, inculcating the spirit of volunteerism among youth was another objective of NYA that seek to encourage for youth to contribute their quota to the development of the district.
The Upper West Regional Acting Director of NYA, Mr Archibald Donkoh said the concept of Youth Parliament was to encourage youth participation in the governance process, especially at the district level to enable them to have direct and open access to discussions with duty bearers.
He urged stakeholders in the district to support the Youth Parliament to enable them to properly contribute their quota to the development of the district adding that, with proper guidance and directions, the youth would be in the vanguard of the district development.
Mr Yenge D.S. Vitus, Assembly member for Issa Tigne Electoral Area reminded the parliament that “the Daffiama-Bussie-Issa District was looking forward to maximizing the brilliant ideas for development”.
He therefore urged them to debate issues taking into consideration the standing orders of the house to enable them to make informed and thought provoking contributions.
He advised the youth to adopt good attitudes towards their future leadership roles and debate on matters devoid of undermining opinions of one another and base their contributions on facts to ensure successful activities in the house.
The Parliament elected Mr Naazie A.E. Sadat, as its speaker, Mr Tinto Hamidu, as the first Deputy speaker and Mr Denis Andaban as the second deputy speaker of the parliament.
By: Business Ghana