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Newly appointed CEO of the National Youth Authority, Mr. Sylvester Tetteh has led a team from the National Secretariat to tour some selected facilities of the Authority within the Greater Accra Region.

The tour which was the first of its kind since the CEO and his two Deputies Mrs. Akosua Manu (F/A) and Mr. Nelson Owusu-Ansah (O/P) assumed leadership of the Authority saw them visit project sites at Kpone, Afienya and Agbogbloshie.

At Kpone, the team first met the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Hon. Solomon Tetteh Appiah where the CEO briefed him on the purpose of the visit which essentially bothered on visiting a facility that was given to the Authority as far back as 1975 for the purpose of training young persons in the area of outboard motor repairs and other competency based skills.

He thanked the MCE for his warm welcome and especially for his untiring efforts at safeguarding the facility and said the Authority is more than ever ready and poised to continue to work in the supreme interest of the youth.

He said per the Presidents avowed agenda to make youth development the centerpiece of his development programme, the NYA cannot shirk its responsibility and will ensure the resourcing of the Authority’s district secretariats to enable them play the key role of training our youth to position them to contribute meaningfully to the nation’s development exercise.

Welcoming the delegation, Hon. Tetteh Appiah, congratulated the new leadership on behalf of the Assembly and said, plans were for advanced at relocating the Municipal Youth Directorate and providing them the logistics to enhance performance and to and to make it fully effective in the discharge of its mandate.

Recalling the adage ‘The devil finds work for idle hands”, the Hon. MCE told the new leadership to work hard at contributing to the Presidents unfettered resolve to address the challenge of youth unemployment. He commended the President for introducing the Free Senior High School and the Nation Builders Corp Programmes which he said are all geared at building the capacity of our youth whilst fully engaging them.

He further called for sacrifice and teamwork amongst the leadership and staff in the interest of mother Ghana.

At the Youth Leadership and Skills Training Institute (YLSTI) which the Authority operations at Afienya, Mr. Daniel Arhin-Sam, Principal of the Institute said, infrastructure, understaffing and means of transportation remain critical challenges confronting the institute. He congratulated the leadership on their appointment and lauded government for settling all arrears owed the Institute.

For his part, Mr. Sylvester Tetteh commended the past leadership for efforts at addressing some challenges confronting the Institute and further pledged to continue on that path. He said the Institute would be transformed into a model Institute, retooled to provide training to the youth of the country to contribute their quota to the nation building exercise.

He said, all other Institutes spread across the country would be rebranded to reflect their status as premiere Institutes poised to lead the Technical & Vocational Education and Training {TVET} revolution.

The tour ended at the Old Fadama {Agbogbloshie} where the CEO again lamented the degree of encroachment and said all will be done to address and reclaim all encroached lands.