E/R GYEEDA Holds Retreat For Embattled Colleagues
The Eastern Regional branch of the Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship Development Agency (GYEEDA) will today hold a day’s retreat in solidarity with their colleagues who were implicated in the recent GYEEDA report.
The day’s programme, with the dress code all black and red bands, is aimed at empathising with the six colleagues, as well as issuing a communiquÃ© to the President on challenges facing the programme, and suggestions to solve them.
Throwing light on the essence of the retreat, the Eastern Regional Coordinator of the programme, Mr. Joshua Attah Mensah, reiterated that they (coordinators) were of the view that their colleagues were unjustifiably implicated in the report.
He mentioned that even though coordinators of the programme would not put unnecessary pressure on the government to condone and conceal individuals who indulge in corrupt activities, it would also be fair that people who are alleged to have indulged in corruption were duly investigated.
Acknowledging the government’s clear intention to halt corruption in the country, the Eastern Regional Coordinator pledged the commitment of his office to support the government towards achieving that goal, but with due diligence.
He argued that if the committee set up to investigate the matter said it did not have enough time to uncover the said corruption, he wonders the amount of diligence done by its members.
Without doubting the competence of the committee members, Mr. Attah Mensah launched a passionate appeal to the government on the need to re-investigate the matter, to ensure that innocent people were not wrongly prosecuted.
He averred that there were serious challenges confronting the programme, which are far worrying than the issue of the six people implicated in the GYEEDA report, and called on the government to look at solving these challenges.
Some of the challenges he mentioned include improper exit of beneficiaries, low staff remuneration, and provident fund money not paid to exiting beneficiaries among others.
In a related development, the Asuogyaman District office of GYEEDA has held its third graduation and presentation of start-up kits to 143 persons, made up of 95 dressmakers and 45 hairdressers who recently graduated, after one year and six months training respectively.
The District Director of the programme, Mr. Ibrahim Obiri Anyani, in his speech, charged the beneficiaries to be employers and not employees, as well as use the programme to address their economic challenges.
Presenting the items, the Regional Director of the Asongtaba Cottage Industry and Enhancing Programme lauded the collaboration between his outfit and GYEEDA to add value to the youth of this country, through skills training.
According to him, despite the unemployment situation in the country, the government had indentified that youth were the economic pivot on which the activities of the country revolved.
To this end, he declared that the government decided to partner Asongtaba to create job opportunities for the youth towards accelerated and sustainable socio-economic development.
The District Chief Executive of the area, Thomas Apem Darko, urged the youth in the district to take skills training like the one offered by GYEEDA serious, since that would form the basis of their livelihoods in the near future.
He expressed worry over the laid-back attitude some of the beneficiaries demonstrated during the training, and asked the leadership of GYEEDA to expel any person or group of persons who would take the training for granted.
Acknowledging the issue of unemployment, particularly among the youth in the country, the DCE said the establishment of GYEEDA was to help to reduce the unemployment situation, if not stop it completely.
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