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NYDA requests more funds for Youth Programs

The National Youth Development Authority (NYDA) will need more than K100 million to roll out its youth development and empowerment programs to all provinces, districts and LLGs in the country.

NYDA Director- General, Norit Luio said that the revitalization program included the development of NYDA regulations, review of youth policy 2007-2017, establishment of youth council network and the NYDA organizational restructure.

“We need resources, both money and human capital to fully implement the tasks to deliver services to the youth of this nation, including the review of national youth development policy 2007-2017 and the five-year provincial youth development plan and the establishment of the youth council network,” said Mr Luio.

The three key impact priority projects in the 2012 Alotau Accord include; the revitalization of the National Youth Development Authority; establishment of the national youth development institute and youth friendly centres; and development of the national youth employment and entrepreneurship framework.

Mr Luio said these would cost over K50 million to put up the infrastructure which would also house the NYDA headquarters in Port Moresby to offer integrated services to the youths in the country.

Director-General for NYDA Norit Luio

“The services provided by the institute would include; institutional training and sporting facilities; conference centre with accommodation for clients; and Youth data and employment service centre with internet café and other youth oriented services,” he said.

Mr Luio added that they were presently negotiating and in close dialogue with the Provincial Governors and Open Members of Parliament, as chairpersons of District Development Authorities, to fund the Youth Friendly Centres through their Provincial Services Improvement Program (PSIP) and the District Services Improvement Program (DSIP) funds.

“So far we have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the chairman of Kompiam/Ambum District Development Authority, Hon. John Pundari and he has already committed K3.5 million to kick-start the project later this year,” said Mr Luio.

The Authority is urging other Members of Parliament to seal agreements with them to develop this significant landmark for the youth of this nation who for the past 40 years have missed out on state funding and recognition.

The NYDA has a youth networking framework in place to decentralise youth activities into Regional Youth Commission offices in Port Moresby, Lae, Morobe Province, Mount Hagen, Western Highlands and Kokopo in East New Britain.

“These four regional offices will be responsible for looking after Provincial Youth Councils in their respective regions.

“The Provincial Youth Councils will then look after the District Youth Authorities who will be responsible for looking after the LLG Youth Authorities and various registered youth groups in the wards,” said Luio.

Mr Luio said in the past we relied too much on provincial administrations to coordinate youth programs and activities but was never successful.

“We have changed that and we are taking control from the national level to ensure that regional youth commissions, provincial youth council and district youth authorities play their part in delivering services right down to the ward levels,” said Mr Luio.

The national youth employment and entrepreneurship framework was the first to be developed in the Pacific region and it was an important document that should empower and give prominence to youth for sustainable and exclusive development through self-management and entrepreneurship training programs.

National Youth Development Authority has several memorandums of understanding (MOUs) in a partnership program with the Divine Word University, Australia Pacific Technical College (APTC) and the Youth with a Mission (YWAM) to provide training to youth workers in the country.


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