NYEP offering businesses for jobless youth in West Akim
Mr. George Mensah Akpalu, Municipal Chief Executive of West Akim, has said the National Democratic Congress’ Better Ghana Agenda is progressively on course with his Assembly offering opportunities to the jobless.
The job opportunities, he said, are through the National Youth Employment Programme (NYEP) and other initiatives.
The MCE said: “My heart is always saddened when I spot people with their exuberant youthful energies roaming about doing nothing whereas there are several lucrative jobs that they could venture into.”
He said joblessness makes them susceptible to several social vices that would eventually turn them into ‘agents of destruction.’
Mr. Akpalu was speaking at a graduation ceremony for 20 dressmakers at which sewing machines were presented to the graduates at Asamankese in the West Akim Municipality of the Eastern Region at the weekend.
The NYEP in the Municipality has 645 beneficiaries out of which 86 have been absorbed into mainstream employment.
“The Government has elevated the programme to an unprecedented height by adding new modules like the LESDEP, YESDEC, ICT, Police, Prisons, Fire service, Youth in Road Maintenance and Dressmaking,” he said.
The MCE asked people to stop looking down on certain trades, as if such vocations were inferior.
Mrs. Mamunatu Adams, Municipal Deputy Coordinating Director, noted that the package had relieved the graduates of some of their burdens because they could not have afforded their own start-up equipment.
She noted that poverty usually forced young girls to go on the streets to engage in undesirable activities, leading to unwarranted pregnancies.