The Government has decided that 30,000 more youth be trained under the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Module of the National Youth Employment Programme (NYEP), Dr Edward Omane-Boamah, a Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports, has disclosed.
He said the beneficiaries were expected to be trained in a wide range of areas related to ICT including mobile phone and laptop assembling and repairs, entrepreneurship skills, computer hardware and computer software.
Dr Omane-Boamah said this in a speech read on his behalf in Koforidua on Wednesday at a graduation ceremony for 717 beneficiaries who had undergone a six-month training in ICT and mobile phone repairs.
The training programme was made possible by the rlg Communication Company.
He reiterated the commitment of the Ministry to ensure that the National Youth Employment Programme (NYEP) was offered adequate resources to facilitate the recruitment and training of more youth, irrespective of political affiliation.
“This is imperative to correct the notion that only party youth are beneficial of the NYEP”.
Dr Omane-Boamah said the Ministry equally welcomed the decision by rlg to expand its training facilities across the country to pave way for more trainees to enroll under the programme.
Mr Victor Emmanuel Smith, Eastern Regional Minister, said the NYEP programme in partnership with companies such as Asantaba, Zoomlion, YESDEC and rlg had the aim of investing and empowering the youth to be self-reliant.
He noted with satisfaction that within a period of 10 years, rlg Communications Company had contributed immensely to the development of ICT in the country.
Mr Smith said it was the avowed commitment of the government to fortify that partnership with the company to help train and create jobs for the youth.
He said rlg communications in partnership with the Ministry had trained and graduated 307 youth in mobile phone repairs and maintenance, as well as sales and servicing of mobile phones a year ago in the New Juaben Municipality.
Mr Smith noted that the Better Ghana Agenda could not be realized without the contribution of the youth hence the need to create an enabling environment where they would be self-reliant and independent and empowered to contribute to the nation’s development.
He indicated that ICT had become a global technology and a country like Ghana could not avoid joining the rest of the world in reaping the advantages of the technology.
Mr Abuga Pele, National Co-ordinator of NYEP, said the organization had succeeded in ensuring that all bottlenecks around the programme were removed to ensure a smooth exercise nationwide, adding that the issue of delay in payment of allowances was now a thing of the past.
“The process to legislate the establishment of the NYEP is in full gear. In the coming months, we anticipate the passage of a bill from Parliament to fully establish the programme”.
Mr Pele expressed gratitude to the sector Ministry for the tremendous support offered so far and said Government would continue to pursue pragmatic policies to ensure that the youth were not only protected but empowered to take up leadership roles in all spheres of endeavour in the near future. GNA