Wa, Nov. 04, GNA – Eleven personalities who have distinguished themselves in various fields of endeavor have been honoured by the National Youth Authority (NYA) in the Upper West Region.
The awards dubbed “Youth Achievers Awards” was organised in collaboration with the Youth Rights Foundation for Africa to commemorate the African Youth Day celebration.
The awards which are in two categories namely; special awards and priority areas award were given to individuals who have contributed towards youth development as well as some youth for distinguishing themselves in various fields.
Dr Edward Gyader, Dean of the University for Development Studies (UDS) Medical school in Tamale, Mr Alban Bagbin, Minister of Health, Mr Amidu Sulemana, Upper West Regional Minister, Madam Sedinam Ahoinu Tamakloe, NYA Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mr Archibald Donkor, Deputy Director, NYA and Rafiq Salam, Joy FM Upper West Correspondent picked meritorious awards under the special award category.
In the Priority Areas Award, Mr Abdulai Ahmed was honoured for Entrepreneurship, Mr Hudu Abdul-Wahab, Leadership, Peace Building and Good Governance, Mr Bakuoru Karim, Modern Agric, Suwera Prosper, ICT and Illiasu Baba Yussif for Health and Environment.
Mr Mumuni Sulemana, Regional Youth Director, said the awards were meant to appreciate and motivate the efforts of the awardees as well as challenge others to work hard to enable them win the awards next year.
He said NYA had established the Upper West Youth Endowment Fund to support brilliant but needy students and business minded youth and appealed to all who have the development of the youth at heart to contribute generously to the fund.
Mr Amidu Sulemana, Upper West Regional Minister, urged the youth to be committed to whatever they did and also channel their energy to productive courses.
He appealed to the youth to stay disciplined and avoid being influenced by self seeking politicians.
Mr Alban Bagbin, thanked NYA and Youth Right Foundation for Africa for honouring the youth and urged the youth to take advantage of the numerous opportunities offered by government to better their lot.