The CEO of the National Youth Authority, Mr. Emmanuel Sin-yet Asigri has assured the young people of Ghana that, true to its core and noble mandate of developing a dynamic and disciplined youth, imbued with a spirit of nationalism, the Authority also stands prepared to ensure their active participation in the social, economic, cultural and political discourse of the nation.

Mr. Asigri gave the assurance when he delivered his opening remarks at a one-day consultative meeting to elicit inputs from women groups towards the review of the National Youth Policy that was launched in 2010, at the Erata Hotel on Monday, 15th October 2018.

He explained the rationale for the ongoing stakeholder engagements as a result of the urgent need to realign the existing policy with government’s development agenda as well as other relevant international development protocols and frameworks such as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) and the Africa Union Agenda 2063. He also mentioned recommendations presented by a technical committee that was put together to evaluate the current policy that identified many gaps and omissions that needed to be addressed. The essence for the meetings, therefore, was to gather inputs aimed at updating the current document to make it all-encompassing, comprehensive and more responsive to present demands and trends in youth development activities.

Mr. Asigri further intimated that as the foremost state agency tasked to coordinate and facilitate youth development in Ghana, the Authority has in the last two years commenced and actually implemented some very key and impactful initiatives and programs such as the Online Digital and Entrepreneurship program, Youth Livelihood Farms, Construction of 10 Youth Resource Centers across the country and a national campaign to end the scourge of drug and substance abuse, notably tramadol amongst young persons.

“For youth development to be effective in any country, there is the fundamental need for a policy to guide the process to realize positive outcomes. This necessitated the development of the existing Youth Policy of Ghana in 2010 under the theme, -- “Towards an Empowered Youth, Impacting Positively on National Development”. Based on the provisions of this policy, government has engaged the youth and other stakeholders in meaningful partnerships to develop appropriate interventions and services for youth empowerment and development” Mr. Asigri went on to state.

The event was chaired by Nana Esi Ninson VIII, Queenmother of Ekumfi Traditional Area and had Madam Patricia Essel from Women in Law and Development in Africa (WILDAF) as the facilitator. Mr. Richard Obeng DCEO (F/A) and Mr. Bright Acheampong (O/P) were also in attendance as well as some directors and support staff from the National Youth Authority.



As the 2018/19 academic year begins, management and the entire staff of the National Youth Authority (NYA), wishes to use this occasion to congratulate all fresh students for having passed the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) and for gaining admission into Senior High Schools.

The Authority has taken note of the government’s resolve to make education accessible to as many young persons as possible hence the introduction of the free Senior High School and the double track intake regime. Whilst wishing all fresh students to senior high and tertiary educational institutions in the country akwaaba, and a successful academic experience that will further educate and transform them to become valuable agents of societal transformation and change.

The Authority wishes to admonish them to be appreciative of these noble gestures and to remain focused on their studies, be committed to the noble ideals of humility, patience, discipline and uprightness and to eschew all manner of negative conduct that will be detrimental to their development and wellbeing.

Management additionally uses this opportunity to wish all young persons of Ghana a happy Founders Day celebration and would like to encourage them to also avoid and shun all unproductive excesses during this period and to rather engage in productive activities that would go to enhance their total wellbeing and growth as well as endeavor to consolidate and promote peaceful initiatives within their respective communities. The youth are encouraged not to relent in the quest to make peacebuilding a cornerstone for sustainable development and to also use the period to learn and know more about our nation’s history, traditions and culture and to exhibit and uphold them at all times.

The Authority lastly entreats the youth to develop selfless and patriotic traits and to cultivate and develop the spirit and habit of volunteering that will go a long way at advancing the socio-economic progress of their communities whilst equipping them to assume the roles of productive and responsible citizens.



We wish you all a successful academic session and happy Founders Day celebration!!!

The National Youth Authority (NYA), in collaboration with GHOne Television, has launched a national campaign to end tramadol abuse.

The Director General of the Ghana Health Services (GHS), Dr Anthony Nsiah-Asare, who performed the launch in Sunyani yesterday, warned that the country would experience a mental health crisis if the abuse of the drug was not checked.

Already, he said, the Mental Health Authority had estimated that more than four million Ghanaians were mentally ill, while mental health institutions had been complaining about the lack of resources to cater for patients.

The NYA collaborated with the television station to launch the campaign as part of the 2018 national celebration of International Youth Day (IYD) held in Sunyani, which focused on ending tramadol and tobacco abuse.

Dr Nsiah-Asare explained that tramadol was a pain relieving drug with approved dosage strengths of 50 and 100 milligrammes registered for use in the country by the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA).


Dr Nsiah-Asare, however, said unscrupulous importers were peddling the drug with a dosage strength of 250 milligrammes.

He pointed out that 250 milligrammes was more than twice the maximum dosage strength, leaving those who took them with the danger of addiction, which could lead to heart failure, respiratory problems, coma and death.

Dr Nsiah-Asare said the medical benefits of tramadol could quickly become harmful when it was not taken as prescribed, especially where it was taken for recreational purposes.

“Excess amount, regular use or overuse can cause side effects, many of which can be dangerous and may affect the brain in ways very similar to illegal or narcotic drugs,” he stated, adding that generally, tramadol should not be given to children younger than 16 years.

Side effects

Dr Nsiah-Asare mentioned headache, dizziness, drowsiness, feelings of nervousness or anxiety, noisy breathing, a slow heart rate or weak pulse, infertility, missed menstrual periods, impotence, sexual problems and loss of interest in sex, as some of the side effects of tramadol abuse.

He warned that the combination of tramadol and alcohol or other drugs could cause threatening or even fatal side effects, explaining that both alcohol and tramadol were central nervous system depressants, and both were agents that slowed down brain activity and function.

Dr Nsiah-Asare said the mix-up could lead to confusion, loss of consciousness, brain damage, tramadol and drug dependence, liver and kidney diseases, respiratory depression, increased depression and suicidal tendencies.   

“I want to draw your attention also to another increasing threat in Ghana; a current trend in tobacco smoking by water pipe popularly called Shisha,” he said, and explained that he was bringing that to the attention of the public so that they could be on the lookout for other similar problems.

Heavy taxes

Dr Nsiah-Asare suggested that heavy taxes must be placed on tramadol and tobacco products, as well as restrictions on their importation.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the NYA, Mr Emmanuel Sin-Nyet Asigri, disclosed that the authority had planned to establish a rehabilitation centre at Wassa Amenfi in the Western Region.

In addition, the NYA, he said, was searching for other locations to be used for the establishment of other rehabilitation centres and called on stakeholders to join the NYA, to work out an action plan to deal with tramadol abuse among young people in the country.

Act now

Dr Nsiah-Asare called on stakeholders such as the FDA and the Narcotics Control Board (NACOB) to act now to protect young people from getting addicted to the drug, saying “our youth with great potential will be laid waste”.

Mr Asigri for his part, expressed worry that tramadol abuse was prevalent among young people who wanted to work hard, noting that the tramadol menace was destroying the youth and turning the young men into “beasts of sex”.

He said the abuse of the drug was turning hardworking men into lazy men and angry frustrated youth into fearless fighters.

“The pain reliever is bringing our continent so much pain. And because the victims are largely young people of our society, most of these abusers are entering their graves faster,” Mr Asigri added.

He said stakeholders must determine what to do to tramadol importers and its unscrupulous agents and peddlers.

The Minister of Youth of Sports, Mr Isaac Asiamah in his remarks, pledged that his ministry would team up with related ministries and agencies to resolve the tramadol abuse among the youth.

The Brong Ahafo Regional Minister-designate, Mr Evans Opoku-Bobbie, called for an all-hands-on-deck approach in finding a solution to tramadol abuse, which he said, was gradually becoming a national catastrophe.








Source:  August 11,2018


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