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Shut down YEA, YES programmes – Franklin Cudjoe to gov’t

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President of policy think tank IMANI Ghana, Franklin Cudjoe, has suggested government should consider scrapping social intervention initiatives such as the Youth Employment Agency (YEA) and the Youth Enterprise Support programmes.

President of policy think tank IMANI Ghana, Franklin Cudjoe, has suggested government should consider scrapping social intervention initiatives such as the Youth Employment Agency (YEA) and the Youth Enterprise Support programmes.



He wants government to rather focus on resourcing the various technical and vocational institutions to absorb such potential YEA and YES beneficiaries in a bid to equip them with employable skills for the job market.

Franklin Cudjoe’s comment follows the announcement made by the Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Haruna Iddrisu, that government has blacklisted companies indicted in the GYEEDA corruption scandal.

According to the Minister, government has taken such action as part of efforts to curb corruption.

The GYEEDA programme, a social intervention targeting the country’s unemployed youth, was marred by some shady deals that caused the nation to lose millions of cedis.

Government later ordered an investigation into the corruption scandal and changed the name to the Youth Employment Agency (YEA).

But Franklin Cudjoe says “it’s not enough to blacklist such companies. That is unfortunately a lazy way out” he argued.

“I think that the best thing to do is to shut down the YEA and YES and rather focus on ensuring that the technical and vocational institutions that we’ve set up will be resourced and be asked to help these people. I’ve told the minister directly that it’s better off shutting these entities down,” he added.

The IMANI President further charged government to create a congenial environment for private business to thrive, in order to absorb more of the unemployed.

“As much as possible, they should be interested in ensuring that the right avenues, scenarios and the right environment exist for you and I to be able to create opportunities for people.  My challenge is that, the same state usually doesn’t serve us well when it comes to the policy making angle which should deal with some of the people they consider to be poor and for which they need to salvage by creating these schemes.”

“If you have an educational policy which suggests that you don’t respect middle level technical manpower, you don’t respect technical and vocational institutions and you don’t give them the necessary support, then clearly speaking, if those who are not able to make it to the elite schools fall through the cracks, you don’t salvage them by creating other parallel schemes.”

President of policy think tank IMANI Ghana, Franklin Cudjoe, has suggested government should consider scrapping social intervention initiatives such as the Youth Employment Agency (YEA) and the Youth Enterprise Support programmes.

He wants government to rather focus on resourcing the various technical and vocational institutions to absorb such potential YEA and YES beneficiaries in a bid to equip them with employable skills for the job market.

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