Caritas Ghana, a charity organization of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference, has launched a Sustainable Development Goals assessment report on government’s ‘Planting for Food and Jobs’ programme.
The study by Caritas Ghana forms part of Caritas Africa’s regional advocacy programme for the promotion of SDG’s and the promotion of Right to Food (PARCAP) in Africa.
Speaking at the official launch of the report, Executive Secretary of Caritas, Samuel Zan Akologo, stated that the organization undertook the research assessment of the “Planting for Food and Jobs” and how it contributes to sustainable development goals to make sure the United Nation’s agenda 2030 principle of “Ensuring that no one was left behind” is relevant in Ghana.
Guest speaker at the report launch, Dr. Kodjo Mensah Abrampa, commended Caritas Ghana for their effort in carrying out an independent assessment of SDG implementation programs and also called on other civil society groups to do same.
According to Dr. Abrampa, who is the Technical advisor to the Minister for Planning, government’s flagship programs such as Planting for Food and Jobs, One-village One-Dam, One-District One-Factory, and the Free Senior High School are strategic policies implemented to realize the national vision of ‘ensuring no one is left behind’.
He also emphasized that education of the youth is at the crux of government’s development agenda since education can transform the bulging youth population into a productive asset for Ghana.
“Government believes that the youth is the biggest dividend of Ghana. In fact, the bulging youth of Africa is a democratic dividend we must be proud of. The youth is an asset to Ghana’s development and the only thing left for us to do is to provide the needed knowledge and skills for them to utilize and contribute to Ghana’s development.”
Caritas Ghana thanked government for including the assessment report in the Voluntary National Review Report to be presented by Ghana at the United Nations High-level Political Forum this July.
Story by: David Dapaah|universnewsroom.com