Youth Policy Upheld

The National Executive Council recently approved a proposed bill to repeal the 1999 National Youth Commission Act (NYC) and replace it with the National Youth Development Authority Act of 2013.

In an exclusive interview with National Youth Commissioner Norit Luio today, he commended the government in prioritizing youth engagement as youths make up half of PNG’s population.


Mr Luio says the Youth Commission is on a mission to push the bill forward in 2014.


The National Youth Commission has been tasked with greater responsibilities to cater and involve the vast population of youths in PNG to have a meaningful life.


However the commission has been overlooked over the past 20 years by successive governments. 


The current move by the O’Neill-Dion Government was praised by Youth Commissioner Norit Luio.


Mr Luio says, NYC is a government entity and challenges in delivering better services to youths must be an integrated effort by all stakeholders.


The Youth Commission is rolling out programs such as the National Youth Development Institute through Youth Friendly Centres and Youth Employment Entrepreneurs.


Mr Luio says if the youths are engaged in an income generation mechanism, law and order problems including other social issues will be minimal.

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