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Politics of Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Source: GNA

Give young propagandists effective skills communication – Parties told

Koforidua, Oct. 12, GNA - Mr George Adzovie of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) has advised political parties to train their young politicians towards effective communication and decency before sending them to political talk shows.

He said the young politicians needed to be taught to be analytical to debate issues objectively and to be tolerant and decent when they are speaking on the air waves.

Mr Adzovie was speaking on Conflict Prevention and Management at a seminar organized by the National Youth Authority (NYA) in Koforidua on Wednesday for students as part of the activities marking the arrival of the Better Ghana Youth Caravan Project (BGYCP) in the Eastern Region.

The BGYCP is being organized by the NYA as part of activities to mark the 12th Anniversary of the International Year of the Youth, which was first celebrated on December 17, 1999.

It also marked the 10th anniversary of the International Year of Voluntarism, which was first celebrated on December 5, 2001.

The project is travelling though the country to highlight and disseminate information on youth health, sexuality and Sexually Transmitted Infections, including HIV and AIDS, drug and substance abuse, conflict prevention, management and peace building.

Mr Adzovie advised media personnel who host programmes and their panellists to tolerate one another.

He urged Ghanaians to be cautious of groups going round describing themselves as “foot soldiers” and friends of one person or the other.

Mr Adzovie noted that those young men and women were often desperate, aggressive, hot headed and daring and could use the least opportunity to disturb the peace.

Mr Anthony Kwarfo of the Planned Parenthood Association of Ghan (PPAG) called on the youth to guard against drug abuse to protect their future.

He warned the youth that drug abuse could destroy their future and dreams otherwise they would become burdens to their families and society rather assets.

Mr Kwarfo advised the youth who travel overseas never to accept to carry other passengers’ bags or clothing because they could contain illegal drugs.

Ms Agatha Mpare of the PPAG advised the youth to desist from pre-marital sex to enable them to realise their dreams since any unprotected sex could lead to unwanted pregnancies and their associated problems or Sexually Transmitted Diseases, (STD) including HIV and AIDS.

She advised teenagers to control their sexual urge by engaging in reading or physical exercises and advised those who could not resist the temptation to always use condoms to protect themselves from STD and the challenges of unwanted pregnancies.