National Youth Employment Programme in serious crisis – MP

Debate on the 2012 budget entered its fourth day with Mr Isaac Asiamah, New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member for Atwimah- Mpowa intimating that the National Youth Employment Programme (NYEP) is in crisis.

He said it was sad to read in the media about NYEP cash found in a Ministers bedroom.

Mr Asiamah called for a bold National Youth Policy to direct the course of the youth and provide employment to keep them out of the street.

He said currently most of the youth are unemployed, which constitutes a threat to economic stability.

He said it was for this reason that the NPP government under the Kufuor administration initiated NYEP.

Mr Asiamah said the people of Ghana were promised in 2010 of a National Youth Law but became “a failed promise in addition to a Sports Act which is still a dream”.

Ms Akua Sena Dansua, Member for North Dayi, cleared the air as to what happened to the proceeds of the 2010 World Cup, saying the money had been paid into the Consolidated Fund.

She asking anyone who doubted to check from the Bank of Ghana, Ghana Football Association or the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning.

Alhaji Amado Sorogho, Chairman of the Committee on Trade, Industry and Tourism said Ghana had met the four convergence criteria for the West Africa Monetary Zone.

Mr Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu, Minority Leader noted that Ghana has no tax amnesty to attract investors.

Mr Osei Bonsu Amoah, Member for Aburi- Nsawam said the budget was the last fiscal policy President John Evans Atta Mills has presented to the nation.

Source: GNA

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