General News of Friday, 15 March 2019
Chief Executive Officer of the Forestry Commission, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, has revealed how much is injected into the Youth in Afforestation Programme.
Mr Afriyie said despite a few payment challenges of the Programme, it has been the main catalyst in reducing the country’s unemployment problems.
Mr Afriyie, popularly known as Sir Jphn, was speaking on Asempa FM’s late afternoon talk show Ekosi Sen Thursday,
It will be recalled that prior to last year’s Christmas, angry members of the programme staged a demonstration to back their demand for unpaid allowances.
But Sir John said every month, GHC 20 Million is sunk into the programme with the youth paid according to their educational qualifications.
“We know there were some challenges confronting the programme but I can assure you that everything is in order. We have settled them for their arrears. I can state that we are left with just this month to settle them. Every month, GHC 20 Million is injected into it and monies paid according to their levels of education,” he explained.
He said so far, the Commission has recruited about 65,000 youth under the programme, planting about 10 million seedlings of different species.
The figure, made up of 45% females includes 5,000 degree holders and 2,000 diploma holders, with the rest being WASSCE and BECE certificate holders.
Sir John noted that measures have been put in place to pay all arrears of beneficiaries to encourage commitment towards the programme.