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The Minister of Youth and Sports, Mustapha Ussif, has called on the youth to embrace the opportunities that will emerge as Ghana hosts the 13th African Games in Accra in 2024.

According to  Mr. Ussif, the 13th African Games to be hosted in Ghana is not just a showcase of athletic prowess, but a golden opportunity for Ghana to showcase diverse expertise, trades and incredible talents.

“It is a celebration of the diversity of expertise that embodies Ghana’s youth.

“The 13th African Games presents countless opportunities for the youth to leverage on. It is an opportunity to share knowledge during this season to enable the youth forge with the needed determination to become the visionaries who will shape the destiny of our country Ghana,” he continued.

He added that the youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow and therefore their active participation in economic decisions affecting their livelihoods is very paramount.

He, therefore, is challenging the youth to bring on board their skills, passion and determination as Ghana decides to host the 13th African Games.

The minister, delivering an address at the ABSA Ready to Work Mastercard Foundation Youth Forum 2023 at UPSA on Monday, November 27, also highlighted on some of the youth-centered policies implemented in the country.

“As Absa is empowering and igniting young visionaries, this initiative aligns with government’s shared commitment to empower youth development in Ghana.

“Therefore, the youth of Ghana should jump on such opportunities and harness the youth centered policies implemented in the country to directly address their challenges,” Hon Usif added.

He mentioned programmes like You-Start, National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program (NEIP), Planting for food and Jobs, Youth in Agriculture, National Youth Volunteers Program, Skills Towards Employability and Productivity (STEP), among others, as all geared at encouraging entrepreneurship in Ghana since entrepreneurship is meant to answer Ghana’s economic challenges.

Present at the forum was the Director of Marketing and Corporate Affairs of Absa Bank Ghana, Nana Essilfuah Tamakloe, who emphasized on Absa Bank’s core value of inclusion, showcasing the bank’s commitment to skills grooming and preparing the youth for the world of work.

She also talked about the significance of connecting with the youth and helping them transition from the classroom to the world of work.

She emphasized Absa Bank’s core value of inclusion, showcasing the bank’s commitment to skills grooming and preparing the youth for the future.

The Absa Bank Ghana Ltd in collaboration with the Mastercard Foundation, hosted the ReadytoWork Youth Engagement event on November 27 and 28 at the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) themed: ‘Unleashing Youth Potential’.

The event aimed to provide a platform for preparing the youth effectively for the job market, bringing together stakeholders in the youth development ecosystem for impactful conversations.

By Clara Boadi Konadu|