Ghana’s Minister for Youth and Sports, Isaac Asiamah, has told young Africans to lead development initiatives on the continent.
He said their exposure to technology and digital advancements put them in a better place to undertake activities that promote the development of the Africa.
The Minister, who was speaking at the opening of the 8th African Union Youth Volunteer Corps being hosted in Accra, said, “African youth have a lot to offer, the continent is yours so make good use of it.”
He added that, “there are many of us who are leaving the continent to Europe, but they forget you can make it here, Africa is rich, we have everything here, you just have to be innovative to reach your goal, stay focus and you will succeed.”
The Chief Executive Officer of the National Youth Authority, Emmanuel Asigri als0 charged African leaders to formulate programmes and policies that will develop the capacity of their youth.
He noted that the current crop of leaders on the continent could be said to have failed the youth, adding that they owe it a duty to make the lives of young people better.
“Africa is back to the drawing board because our leaders have failed us, corruption, poverty and disease,’ he noted.’
About AU Youth Volunteer Corps
AU-YVC is a continental development program that recruits and works with youth volunteers, to work in all 54 countries across the African Union.
AU-YVC promotes volunteering to deepen the status of young people in Africa as key participants in the delivery of Africa’s human development targets and goals.
It brings people together to share skills, knowledge, creativity and learning to build a more integrated Continent, and by implication strengthen Africa’s relevance in the globalized world.
The concept is in line with the African Youth Charter as well as the Decision of AU Heads of States and Governments in Assembly to set up a continental Volunteer initiative.
AU-YVC was officially launched on the 3rd of December 2010 in Abuja, Nigeria.