Musicians in the Upper West Region have been tasked to compose songs that seek to improve development through revenue mobilisation for implementation of projects to help transform the living conditions of the people.
The songs are to focus largely on the need to practice good hygiene and boost revenue mobilisation activities of assemblies in Ghana’s youngest region to carry out more projects targeting the youth.
“We have tasked the Upper West musicians to compose two songs; one has to do with sanitation and the other has to do with revenue mobilisation for the assemblies,” Mr Mumuni Sulemana, the Director of the Regional National Youth Authority, said on Tuesday.
Mr Sulemana was speaking during the Upper West Regional Youth Leaders Seminar organised by the Regional Secretariat of the Youth Authority in Wa.
He presented the Authority’s Action Plan for 2018, which sought to expose the youth to various employment and skills acquisition opportunities.
He urged them to be passionate about their talents and build on those faculties to become professionals who could also create job opportunities for others.
Mr Sulemana said many of the youth in the Region who went into music production had become frustrated due to lack of assistance to pursue their dreams, which often lured them into taking drugs and committing crime.
“Many musicians are frustrated and get into drugs due to lack of help. Let’s help to reduce crime rate through music, when messages are conveyed in music it makes impact,” he said.
Dr Zakarea Al-hasan Balure, the Chief Executive Officer of Bliss Eye Care, advised the youth to attain the relevant educational qualifications and also be disciplined since “life is about choices and choices come with responsibilities.”
He told the young people to be humble and engage in voluntary work in order to acquire the relevant skills and knowledge towards their chosen careers.
“You must identify problems in the Region and prescribe solutions to them in a unique way in order to create employment opportunities,” he added.
Several other speakers from both private organisations and state agencies advised the youth to be creative, enterprising and avoid criminal acts.