The President of Sunyani Youth Development Association (SYDA), Atta Akoto Senior has pleaded with the government of Ghana to consider herbal medicine practice when developing programmes and concepts that advance the course of youths through employment.
Speaking at the maiden edition of SYDA’s Youth Employment Forum in Sunyani which was covered by Newshuntermag.com, Mr Akoto Senior said herbal medicine practice could generate income for the country.
He added that thousands of youths can get employment to enable them to contribute towards the progress of their families and the country at large.
“Our ancestral history from their livelihoods, vocation and trade if modernized and well researched into have the potential to yield as much profits to quench the conflagration of poverty that has put a lot more including our populous youths under intense heat of discomfort.
“We can develop our youth in afforestation program to factorize herbal medicine practice. In this case, as we develop our forest we would equally be mindful to plant plants that can give us some health benefits. We believe that if we so much desire to advance a programme that would seek to train youths in herbal medicine practice, then we can ultimately do away with charlatans who have been taking advantage of others,” he elucidated.
The SYDA President believes that if the youth are provided with so much opportunity, it would endeavour to create enabling grounds for their conspicuous contributions towards the development of Ghana.
Dr Kofi Bobi Barimah, the Executive Director of Centre For Plant Medicine reiterated how vocational training contributes to national development.
Dr Bobi Barimah, who was the guest speaker at the maiden SYDA Youth Employment Forum, further stated that vocational training is a proven way of creating wealth.
He also schooled herbal medicine practitioners on the marketing aspect of their products after it has been registered and approved.