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YEA registers 148,000 youth in Brong-Ahafo

By Dennis
Peprah, GNA

Sunyani, Aug. 3, GNA – A total of 148,000 youth
have been registered under the Youth Employment Agency (YEA) in Brong-Ahafo,
says Mr Michael Osei Boateng, the Regional Coordinator of the Agency.

In an interview with the Ghana News Agency on
Thursday, Mr Boateng said the registration was done online adding that
successful applicants would be interviewed and engaged as and when the need
arises.

Reacting to alleged bribery and corruption
associated with the registration process in parts of the Brong-Ahafo Region,
the Regional Coordinator said applicants were made to register online and was
surprised to hear the bribery incidents.

Mr Boateng said his outfit has received complaints
about unscrupulous activities of syndicates who take advantage and extort
monies from unsuspecting applicants to register them online.

He condemned the practice and appealed to the
general public to help identify the perpetrators for the necessary action to be
taken. 

The GNA investigations reveal that the alleged
bribery incidents were common in Wenchi, Berekum and Kintampo Municipalities as
well as Tano North and Atebubu/Amantin Districts of the region where applicants
were asked to pay GH¢100.00 for registration.

Mr Boateng said the registration process was always
done free of charge adding that his outfit has the responsibility to do the
short-listing and interview of successful applicants adding that applicants who
paid monies to the so-called agents did so at their own risk.

He said the YEA is aware that some unscrupulous
individuals and groups are working hard to spoil the image of the Agency and
make the government unpopular, saying his outfit would also investigate the
alleged bribery incidents and sanction culprits.

The YEA formerly known as the National Youth
Employment Programme (NYEP) 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.

Its objective is to support the youth between the
ages of 15 to 35 years through skills training and internship modules to
transit from a situation of unemployment to that of employment.

To ensure sustainability, the policy focus of YEA
was changed in 2009 from the traditional modules which have pay roll
implications to the self employment modules such as Trades and Vocation modules
through public private partnership so as to reduce the burden on payment of
stipend for the Paid Internship Module.

Available statistics at the Agency’s official
website indicates that as at December, 2012, more than 600,000 beneficiaries
were recruited by the YEA.

New modules were introduced and some of the
existing modules such as The Youth in Security Services and Trades and Vocation
were reviewed and expanded to meet the growing demand for youth employment in
the country.

GNA

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