Rashid Tanko with the outgoing Director, Alhassan Umar
The Director of Youth Employment Agency (YEA) in the Northern Region, Rashid Tanko Computer, has indicated that the agency would employ about 2,504 youth in the region.
The YEA was established under the Youth Employment Act 2015 (Act 887) to empower young people to contribute meaningfully to the socio-economic and sustainable development of the nation.
The programme, which metamorphosed from the National Youth Employment Programme (NYEP) to the Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Agency (GYEEDA) and now YEA, has been riddled with alleged corruption with former National Coordinator, Abuga Pele, facing trial in court for alleged financial malfeasance. It is an avenue created to ostensibly offer employment to foot soldiers of the ruling party – National Democratic Congress (NDC).
In an interview with DAILY GUIDE, Mr. Rashid Tanko, who doubles as the Northern Regional treasurer of the NDC, said that YEA was going to be different from GYEEDA and the Youth Enterprise Support (YES) programmes because it’s a new agency established by an Act of Parliament, which makes it different in terms of structure and administration and has also been made an agency of the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations.
According to Rashid, about 80% of communication tax has been allocated to the agency; 10% of the District Assembly Common Funds have been allocated as well and there is also funding from the GETFund to support it and so the government would not have a problem regarding payments.
He stated that YEA’s main focus is to make sure that the youth are employed.
“We are trying to use a mechanism to prevent the system whereby people could enroll more than twice and so the online registration will prevent people from registering twice and this will not produce ghost names in the system,” he said.
The agency, according to the director, would strengthen its monitoring and evaluation systems, making sure that any institutions or persons that are contracted to execute a job within a time frame live up to expectation and ensure that personnel are well trained in respect of the contract.
Currently, the agency has started with the health and the security modules. It is to train 1,205 for the security module and 1,300 for the health.
FROM Eric Kombat, Tamale