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GHANA : GOVERNMENT FINALLY LAUNCHES AN AGENDA-FOR-JOBS-PROGRAMME





The long awaited jobs centre of the Youth Employment Agency (YEA) that would facilitate and sustain the youth has finally been opened by Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia .


The centre was to furnish employment for both skilled and unskilled Ghanaian youth between the ages of 15 and 35 years.
Speaking at the programme yesterday, Dr Bawumia stated that the job Centre was an online platform (www.yeajobcentre.gov.gh), which would connect job seekers to their potential employment providers in both the public and private sectors.

The project which was under the theme, “Connecting the Youth to Job Opportunities,” includes three models, the Artisan Directory, Work Abroad Programme and Agriculture-based Flagship Project.


He explained that the centre would assist job seekers with a career counselling, training services, curriculum vitae preparation, Agency placement and also a walk-in hub that would provide other good opportunity and services to the job seekers.

According to Dr. Bawumia the three models especially Artisan Directory would train and provide start-up tools and capital to artisans such as fashion Designers, beauticians, plumbers, masons, carpenters and such other skilled personnel and would link them up to the job market to exhibit their skills and services for a ransom.


He said Work Abroad would enable the nation to export young professionals like nurses, teachers and other expertise abroad that would fetch and explore Ghana with additional foreign exchange, exchange of ideas and technology.



The Agriculture-based Flagship Project, would help and support those interested in agric a cognizance of the natural endowment and comparative advantage in various regions and districts and to ensuring sustainable jobs.

The Minister of Employment and Labour Relations Mr. Ignatius Baffour Awuah in his part stated that government was never and cannot be happy over the joblessness in the country and his Ministry and agency especially YEA would not relax on their effort in linking Ghanaians to job opportunities.
‘We won’t relax in helping jobless Ghanaians get employed.

He said YEA is one of the leading agencies that will never relent in its efforts in making sure that we link people who are looking for jobs to jobs.”
“The ultimate is that even if you have one person looking for job and he is not getting it you cannot be happy and government is working in fixing it”,.

Mr Sammi Awuku the chair of the YEA said the International Labour Organization( ILO) said: “In Africa today the youth account for more than 60 per cent of all unemployed individuals on the continent.

In addition, “The ILO further estimates that in sub-saharan Africa alone approximately 6 million youth will enter the labour market each year over 10 years.”
He said Ghana is a shining light with regards to the implementation of polices geared towards assisting the youth.

He explained that: “This situation indeed calls for pragmatic measures to be taken by national governments to provide windows of training and job placement for the youth.
“Undoubtedly, Ghana has remained the key success story on our continent with regards to the implementation of policy measures aimed at tackling the youth unemployment menace, he concluded.

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