The National Youth Authority (NYA), the organisation charged with supervising youth development and youth service delivery in the country, will from Monday 5 October commence re-registration of existing and all newly formed youth-focused/youth-based organisations in Ghana.
This, the Authority says, is in fulfilment of Section (25) of the National Youth Authority Act (Act 939), which mandates the Authority to register all youth-led and youth-focused organisations at the community, district, regional and national levels, leading to the formation of a Ghana Youth Federation, as per Section 3(d) of Act 939.
According to a statement issued by the management of the NYA and dated 2 October 2020, “The basic purpose of the re-registration/registration exercise is to compile an up-to-date, comprehensive and reliable database of these organisations to ensure a purposeful and more effective co-ordination of youth development and empowerment interventions and to effectively regulate the youth sector.
“This database, which will reflect the prevailing conditions of the youth, will also provide the Authority with a unique opportunity to meaningfully engage them to drive our overall national development goals,” the statement further says.
The exercise will seek to “identify all youth groups operating in the country, profile all groups for effective programme segmentation, build a reliable and comprehensive database of all youth organisations, effectively regulate the activities of these registered organisations, foster information- and knowledge-sharing, co-operation, collaboration and networking amongst the organisations, facilitate a harmonious coexistence of all registered youth organisations and identify various youth organisations for support and guidance by the Authority whilst positioning the Authority to proficiently respond to the current and emerging trends in youth development service delivery and enhance its operational efficiency”, the NYA says.
“All youth-focused organisations including adventure, disability and gender-based, governance-inspired, religious/faith-based, settlement and/or community development, health-based, students’ and youth networks are hereby mandated to contact the nearest district, regional and national directorates of the Authority to fulfil this legislative requirement,” the statement says.
Wilberforce Asare / Asaase Radio