The Chief Executive Officer for the National Youth Authority (NYA), Mr Emmanuel Sin-Nyet Asigri, has said the firm will continue to work n enhancing the capacity of the Ghanaian youth to serve as productive agents of the economy.
At a media soiree held on Friday December 21st December 2018, the CEO said, the NYA will collaborate and partner with progressive organisations to build the capacity of the youth with skills that will prepare them for the job market.
In doing this, the NYA will implement what it calls the Steps Toward Employment and Productivity (STEP) and the Street Lights Installation and Maintenance Training Programmes.
He further revealed at the event that NYA has already enterered into an agreement with the Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET) and National Board for Small Scale Industries ((NBSSI) to train and set-up 10, 000 young people in selected marketable trades in the areas of metal/wielding, aluminium fabrication, bakery, cosmetology, mobile phone repairs, tailoring/dress making, beads making and ICT (APPS Development and online Digital Marketing Programme).
COTVET according to Mr Asigri will provide the master trainers and certify the trainees whilst NBSSI will offer entrepreneurship support training and business advice. The NYA will bear the cost of the training and provide working toils and start-up capital, he added.
The NYA will also collaborate with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development to train 1, 000 young people in street light installations and repairs/maintenance.
The Metropolitan and District Assemblies are to identify and select prospective trainees for the program.
Aside that, the MMDAs will also be made to employ respective trainees after the training.
He said, the NYA has concluded all discussions with Prefos Ghana Limited and in the process of signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to offer training to an initial 500 young people from January 2019.
In touting some achievements over the period of work done by his administration, he said, the NYA inherited feeding grant arrears for the Youth Leadership and Skills Training Institutes amounting GHc1, 958, 202.00 spanning over five year terms.
“This has fully been paid and we are current with the payment of feeding grants as of today,” he added.
In the area of infrastructure, the NYA he said has initiated the constriction of 10 youth resource centres which in carious stages if completion and meant to improve youth development through sports and entrepreneurship training to equip the youth to acquire livelihood skills in order to make value contribution to the economy of Ghana.
The youth policy is currently being reviewed and will soon be submitted to the president after all the various stages have been completed.
Three thousand (3000) young had their capacities built in online marketing and digital media and entrepreneurship across the country. Each trainee was given a tablet as a start-up tool, he stated.
As a result if the training, some young people are now having their own business whereas about 117/of them are currently working with Ecobank apps module.