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Ghana Youth Employment Agency to employ 100,000 in 2016

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Mahama_5President John Dramani Mahama has announced that the Youth Employment Agency (YEA) formerly known as the National Youth Employment Programme (NYEP), would employ 100,000 youth in 2016 as a means of solving the youth unemployment in the country.

He said many of the beneficiaries would be committed to afforestation or tree growing, as measures of greening the country to arrest imminent desertification, especially the Northern parts of Ghana.

President Mahama announced this on Sunday during the commissioning of a 152-unit market stall financed by the World Bank to the tune of about GH₵ 1.2 million to stimulate economic activities in the Tamale Metropolis.

The commissioning was part of the President’s two-day “Changing Lives” campaign tour of the region, which he also used to solicit the mandate of NDC delegates for the 2016 general elections, appealing to them to endorse his candidature overwhelmingly to lead the party to a historic one touch second term win.

He said a Bill to transform YEA was in Parliament, which had delayed recruitment, and assured that all the necessary legislations would be worked on by Parliament for the recruitment to take off to offer the youth the needed employment.

President Mahama said commercial activities had improved tremendously in Tamale, with people from Burkina Faso and other places coming to market in Tamale, and making the upgrading of markets important.

He said the Aboabo market, which had been the second largest commercial market in Tamale, was under construction while a heavy-duty lorry park at Aboabo was under construction to accommodate heavy duty vehicles from the Sahelian region.

He commended the Tamale Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE) for his vision of developing the Metropolis especially his intention to grow 20 million trees in Tamale and assured him of support for the vision to materialize.

He said the NDC government was people centred and that any initiative by any individual or group of persons to have a positive impact on the country and its people would be supported and that he would hold the MCE on for him to fulfill his vision.

Alhaji Hanan Abdul-Rahman Gundadow, the Tamale Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE) announced that the assembly had put measures in place to grow 20 million trees in the Tamale Metropolis

President Mahama later paid a courtesy call on the Northern Regional House of Chiefs, where he assured the chiefs of doing everything possible to ensure peace for the country and assured that road infrastructure would be improved; the roads linking Yendi-Saboba-Chereponi, Yendi-Tatale-Sangule, Salaga-Bimbila and Tamale-Makango would be tarred to enhance economic activities.

Source: GNA

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