GYEEDA Calls On Gov To Appoint Directors
From Isaac Akwetey-Okunor, Koforidua
Coordinators of Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship Development Agency (GYEEDA) across the country have sent a strong warning to the President Mahama led administration to immediately appoint an Interim Management Committee (IMC) and Executive Director for the agency else they will go on strike
According to the aggrieved directors of GYEEDA, the absence of IMC and substantive Executive Director has affected the smooth running of the programme which has transformed the lives of many youth in the country.
This was contained in a communique issued at the end of a retreat of regional and district directors held in Koforidua on Monday and to be presented to the President John Dramani Mahama.
‘In recognition of the fact that we are stakeholders in the operations of GYEEDA and having run our various offices for the past five years should not be ignored and avoided in this time and process of change that the organization is going through’, they mentioned.
The Coordinators further expressed dismay over the fact that since the migration of staff of the programme which was followed with appointment letters and interviews to the Public Services, their accumulated salaries have not been paid.
The communiquÃ© further explained that since the appointment of coordinators and staff of the programme none of them has enjoyed even a singular privilege attached to Public Services such as free accommodation, free health care among others.
Conceding that the programme was a core component of reducing and possibly eliminating youth unemployment in Ghana, it would be a mirage for government to achieve that goal if proper environment for the programme was not created.
They advised the government to appoint individuals to occupy positions that their qualification and capacity qualified them for in order to limit the margin of error of putting round pegs in square holes.
Another area of major concern to the coordinators was the issues of SSNIT contributions to staff as well as provident fund to beneficiaries of the programme.
According to them, SSNIT contributions of staff have not been paid for over five years now as well as provident fund for beneficiaries and called on government to address the situation, adding that their patience are now over stretched
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