National Youth Development Authority

New head of National Youth Development Authority

Itaki replaces Reuben Akia, who was acting on the position since 2018.

Itaki is from from Wapenamanda District in the Enga Province and has served in the public service for over 16 years.

He served as executive manager to the Office of Secretary and recently got appointed as Acting Deputy Secretary for Community Development in the Department for Community Development and Religion.

He recently attained a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Korea.

New director general for national youth authority

Reuben Aikea has now moved up the ranks, succeeding Norick Luio whose 3 year contract expired in June 2018.

Aikea, an evangelical pastor and dentist by profession, was an employee of National Youth Development Authority prior to his appointment as head of the agency.

Minister Eoe said Aikea’s appointment was done according to government procedures.

Minister Eoe thanked the outgoing Director General for the work he did in implementing youth oriented programs and addressing youth related issues in a bid to improve lives in the country.

Psychosis – A threat to today’s generation

Conducting aggressive campaigns and educating teenagers and youths is the roadmap to curbing this issue, says Lawrence Tau, acting coordinator of non-state partners from the National Youth Development Authority.

A month-long awareness against drugs and alcohol will be carried out in primary and secondary schools in the 3 electorates of Port Moresby.
The take-home message from the awareness drive is simple; drugs are harmful and dangerous; offenders either end up behind bars or become psychiatrically ill most or all of their life.

​Youth blamed for social issues

The National Youth Development Authority is now committed than ever before to target this population.

The youth make up a bigger part of the world's population.

They are the future of their community.

For PNG, the majority of this population is either unemployed or not in school.

This is a result of the bottleneck education system in the country.

During the launch of the Youth Skills Training Center, youth from the Kuige village in Southern Highlands Province perfectly depicted the bottleneck system through a short drama.

Remote SHP village drives youth development

Meanwhile, a remote village in Southern Highlands Province is advancing on its own in this area.

Kuige (pronounced Kwige) yesterday launched the Kutubu Youth Skills Training Center.

This centre will deliver technical education for the youth in Kuige and the LLG as a whole.

It takes only one committed man or one generation to make a stand, which can change an entire population for a long time.

Kuige has proven so.

HP to collaborate with NYDA

The Talent ID program since its inception in 2016, has reached over 600 school children at High and Secondary schools with 60% made up of females.

The TID program has two parts- one group of students attend the theory session known as “Be An Athlete” education session where the staff talk about nutrition, hygiene and hydration while the other half go through various testing protocols and after three hours both groups switch.

HP has gone forward to tie in its ‘Be An Athlete’ program with institutions like the NYDA, to improve its reach to the students

NYDA set for a major drug and alcohol abuse campaign

The National Government has intervened in setting up a national body known as the National Youth Development Authority (NYDA) to create a sustainable future for our young people in the country.     

NYDA Director Norit Luio says schools on NCD will be visited to talk about the immediate effects of the use of illegal substances like drugs and alcohol, underage pregnancy, bullying as well as school fights.

“The program will commence by the end of October and a good number of high schools are expected to get a visit from is in NYDA,” he said.

Youth office needs over K100 million

“NYDA needs more funds to roll out its youth development and empowerment programs to all provinces, districts and LLGs,” said NYDA director general Norit Luio.   

“Including the implementation of the three key impact priority projects tasked to it by the O’Neill-Dion Government in the 2012 Alotau Accord.