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Local Government Minister denies collapse of NYEP

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Ofosu Ampofo - Local Govt. Minister

The Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Mr Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo has debunked allegations that since the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC)  took over in 2009, the National Youth Employment Programme has collapsed.

He explained that  the NDC had rather expanded the  NYEP  significantly and brought a number of modules on board.

Mr Ofosu-Amopofo was speaking at a durbar to climax the Ohum Festival of the chiefs and people of Dawu in the Akuapem North District of the Eastern Region, at Dawu over the weekend.

The durbar which brought together sons and daughters of Dawu also attracted chiefs from other Okere states and foreign dignitaries who have close ties with the town.

He said government through the Local Enterprise Development Programme  had offered employable skills training to hundreds of youth across the country in hairdressing, dressmaking, barbering, mobile phone repairs and other skills.

Mr Ofosu-Ampofo said the creation of 42 new districts would also create jobs for other qualified young people and therefore appealed to Ghanaians to support the government’s commitment to solve the youth unemployment problem.

He urged the people to unite and fight a common agenda which is under-development.

The Member of Parliament for Okere, Mr Dan Botwe expressed concern about the numerous chieftaincy disputes in the area and called for concerted efforts to resolve them.

He spoke against the falling standard of education in the area and appealed to the  stakeholders to join hands to find a lasting solution to the problem.

Mr Botwe appealed to parents to consider education as the best investment they could give to their children.

He pledged an amount of GH¢1000 to support the education fund in the area, which aimed at motivating teachers in the town to put up their best.

Source: GNA

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