Youth Employment Programme receives about 400,000 applications

By
Samuel Akapule, GNA
    

Bolgatanga, Aug. 13,
GNA – Mr Luke Ayamga Atazoona, Deputy Chief Executive (CEO) of the Youth
Employment Agency (YEA), in charge of operations, has disclosed that about
400,000 Ghanaian youth have applied for the various models rolled out by the
Agency.

The Deputy CEO who
is also the Presiding Member of the Bongo District Assembly, made the
disclosure at the weekend during a media interaction held in Bolgatanga to
throw more light on the status and development of the programme.

Mr Atazoona said the
programme have been over -subscribed, indicated that the Agency has the
capacity to employ only 110,000 out of the more than 400,000 applicants.

He explained that
youth unemployment is a global problem and attributed the phenomenon to the
oversupply of labour due to the many training institutions in the country and
the mismatched of the trained youth on the labour market.

“The number one
problem confronting the youth is unemployment and the government under the
leadership of President Mahama is putting up strategies to help mitigate the
problem at stake,” he said.

He explained that as
part of measures put in place to mitigate the issue include focusing more in
providing job training skills and building the capacity of the unemployed youth
to enable them fit into the labour market. 

He said government
is also in talks with the private sector to see how they could help contribute
in addressing the unemployment challenges confronting the youth. 

He indicated that
the  programme, which has been
decentralised with the vision to ensure that each community in the country  benefit from , has so far deployed 8,000
youth into Paid intense, Community Police Assistants , Fire Safety and
Prevention, the health modules among others.

He stated that the
recruitment exercise, which is ongoing is also rolling out other models
including the Youth in the Afforestation programme, Youth in Agriculture, Youth
in Community Health Workers, and Coastal Sanitation.

The Deputy CEO said
it is not true that the programme is being politicized.   

He said the Agency
has instituted a number of internal mechanisms to help eliminate fraud
including exit plans for the youth.

He said for instance
the Agency has put in place a cashless mode of payment of allowances to the
beneficiaries and also instituted a provident fund for them to ensure that they
secure sustainable jobs after they have ended their services.
  

He said with the
legal framework and instrument in place now, the beneficiaries would be paid
their allowances on time.

He urged them to
take their jobs seriously to enable them acquire better skills to fit into the
job market.

The Upper East
Regional Director of YEA, Mr Roger Ablimbisa, gave the assurance that the Agency
is negotiating with other sectors to ensure that the beneficiaries are absorbed
after the two -year duration of their service.

GNA

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