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National Youth Authority Calls on Government to Strengthen Fight Against Corruption

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The National Youth Authority is calling on government to fully resource anti-corruption agencies in the country to fight corruption.

The call comes after a recent survey by the Institute of statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) revealed that Ghana loses about fifteen billion Cedis each year through corruption. With this alarming figure, the National Youth Authority believes there should be giant steps taken by authorities to curb this menace.

Speaking in Cape Coast on the theme for this year’s African Youth Day Celebration, “The Youth and the Fight against Corruption”, the Acting Regional Director of the National Youth Authority, Emmanuel Martey said, there is the urgent need to channel and re-channel resources that would otherwise have ended up in the pockets of selfish individuals into productive ventures that would ultimately inure to the benefit of the entire nation, especially the youth.

Mr. Martey also charged the youth to take active part in the fight against corruption adding that the NYA is ever ready to provide any form of assistance to the youth to be able to deal with the canker.

Taking steps to make the youth more responsible, Mr Martey said, National Youth Authority has rolled out series of programmes aimed at equipping the youth with the necessary skills needed for their socio-economic development.

On his part, the honourable Central Regional Minister, Mr. Kwamena Duncan in a speech read on his behalf by the honourable Deputy Regional Minister, Mr. Thomas Yaw Agyei Baffoe recognized the importance of the campaign against corruption, especially coming from the youth. He said government supports the agenda and has also initiated steps that will deal with the menace and bring perpetrators to face the full rigours of the law.