You’ll not be sacked-Deputy Minister assures YEA beneficiaries

andy_okrah1The Deputy Ashanti Regional Minister, Mr Andy Osei Okrah has unequivocally asserted the Mahama administration will not sack beneficiaries who have enrolled on the Youth Employment Agency (YEA) programme if it won power in the upcoming presidential poll.

According to him, government rather places much importance to such skills training avenues than any other as it works strenuously to provide jobs for the youth of the country.

This, he said, was because those who were currently on the modules of the YEA would soon be employing more people on their own if they effectively learn from the training being given them.

Addressing management and staff as well as beneficiaries of the programme at the Asokwa Youth Center, Mr Okrah debunked rumors that the over 100,000 beneficiaries across the country would be sacked in the event the NDC won power again in 2017.

The Deputy Minister disclosed government’s plan of creating one million jobs each year for the next three years if President Mahama was retained as president for another four year term.

He stressed government’s effort in working to secure a better future for the youth of the country as it projects to add more modules under the YEA programme.

‘Government has no plans of sacking any beneficiary from the Youth Employment Agency since this is the avenue it wants to use to give employable skills to the youth of this country”, Mr Okrah posited.

He added, ‘it’s a pity those who should know better have chosen to play politics with this noble program just because they want power and no wonder power will continue to elude them’.

Speaking at the event earlier, Vincent Selassie Attipoe, Representative for the CEO of YEA underscored the potential of the beneficiaries under the programme, adding many after completing the training would themselves become employers in the near future.

According to him, those under the Police training module would go on to become police officers when they are found to be fully baked for the service.

Others who are on the nursing-assistants module as well as the Fire Service modules would find themselves branching off to the main professions they have trained for under the Youth Employment Agency.

Chairing the programme on behalf of the Asantehene, the Chief of  Asem encouraged beneficiaries to study to acquire the needed knowledge for a full time employment, adding that is what the program is intended to achieve.

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