A delegation from South Sudan led by the Minister for Youth and Sports, Mr Peter Baptist Abakar, has called on the Executive Director of National Service Scheme (NSS), Mr. Osei Assibey Antwi, at his office in Accra.
The visit according to the Minister was to understudy Ghana’s national service scheme programme to replicate it in their country.
Other members of the South Sudan delegation were a representative from the Ministry of Finance and Planning, Mr Aluel Beda and Apio Adelino as well as a UNDP representative to South Sudan, Christiana Ahenkora.
According to Mr. Abakar, the delegation was in the country to explore the possibility of signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Management of NSS for knowledge sharing on youth development.
“We have done good feasibility studies, and we have noticed that you have rich experience that we want to copy and paste in South Sudan,” he said.
Mr. Abakar noted that the government of South Sudan had begun taking steps to invest in the youth to change their mindset and channel their youthful exuberance energy into productive ventures that would propel them to assist in their country’s development.
He said their country recognizes Ghana as a force that was why they took the decision to visit Ghana to understudy the operations of NSS to inculcate into theirs for accelerated development.
South Sudan, a country that is rich in natural resources, including gold and diamond, has a total population of over 14 million people, with about 73 per cent of them being youth.
Current records show that about 99 percent of the youths in South Sudan are jobless.
Also, the country has been badly affected by the war which plagued the nation two years after achieving independence in 2011.
The Executive Director of National Service Scheme (NSS), Mr. Osei Assibey Antwi, who received the South Sudan delegation on Friday (October 22, 2021), assured them of his willingness to share Ghana’s experience with them.
Mr. Osei-Assibey Antwi, for his part, explained that the secret behind the success story of Ghana’s NSS was the effective management structure, which comprised the board of directors and the executives who oversee the smooth running of the scheme.
He highlighted innovative programmes the management of NSS introduced over the years to equip young graduates with employable skills that would make them fit into the world market and also be relevant stakeholders in national development.
He assured the South Sudanese delegation of the full commitment of the management of NSS to provide their Ministry of Youth and Sports the needed support to develop the competencies of the youth in their country.
The Executive Director commended their ministry for taking cognizance of their youth development and noted that “the youth of today are the future leaders in every country and therefore if it is inculcated in them the sense of the spirit of patriotism and love for their country and backed by the necessary moral tracing and knowledge, their life could definitely be transformed and could contribute meaningfully to their country’s development efforts”.
He added that there was the need for countries in Africa to pay more attention to the youth upbringing and development because according to him they constitute the potent resources that could be harnessed to transform the continent.
Present at the meeting were the Deputy Executive Director of NSS in charge of General Services, Mrs. Gifty Oware-Mensah, Deputy Executive Director in charge of Operations, Mr. Kwaku Ohene Gyan, and Director of General Administration, Mr Paul Owusu Appiah.
The Deputy Executive Director of the scheme in charge of General services, for her part, took time to explain her work schedule whilst the Deputy Executive Director in charge of operations Mr. Kweku Ohene Djan spoke on the numerous economic projects embarked on upon by the Scheme.