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General News of Friday, 17 September 2010

Source: citifmonline

NYC distances itself from Derrick Adjei's outburst

The Management of the National Youth Council (NYC) has distanced itself from the recent outburst and untoward behavior of the Deputy National Youth Coordinator, Prince Derrick Adjei.

In a statement released by the Youth Council on Friday September 17, and signed by Sarah Obeng on behalf of management, it said “comments and behavior of Prince Derrick Adjei puts the image and credibility of the council into public scrutiny as to what values and principles underline the mandate of the Youth Council; as the statutory youth development agency charged with the onerous responsibility to nurture the empowerment of the Ghanaian Youth for honesty and integrity, self reliance and leadership, respect for authority and recognition of positive cultural values for excellence and humility, patriotism, and productive citizenship”.

The statement said “in distancing itself from Prince Derrick Adjei’s effusions, Management views his demeanor uncharacteristic of a professional youth development worker; because before his appointment into the National Youth Council, staff had maintained for themselves a high sense of professional ethics and chalked professional integrity in the comity of youth development practitioners globally. Our district and Regional youth coordinators countrywide have accrued to the council’s image and service delivery, respect for authority and objectivity, mentoring and role-modeling, counseling and coaching among other salient qualities worthy for youth development work”.

It added that “from the foregoing, Prince Derrick Adjei, has undermined a professional culture that has evolved out of over thirty-five years of youth professional work to the detriment and disappointment of hardworking, dedicated workers and staff who have seen the National Youth Council through thick and thin to this day”.

“Management will want to assure the public especially those who have been hurt by Prince Derrick Adjei’s outburst, that the National Youth Council will not countenance such unruly behavior in its fold”.

Derrick Adjei last week verbally attacked the flagbearer of the opposition NPP, Nana Akufo Addo saying he was too short for President Mills to have recognized him at the Fetu Afahye Festival and also his entourage reeked of alcohol.

On Monday September 13, he stated that he had a tall list of NPP homosexuals and pedophiles. He however failed to publish the list on Wednesday, September 15, as promised.