Suggestion Govt must scrap YEA, YES programmes - Franklin Cudjoe

According to him, government should rather resource the various technical and vocational institutions to beneficiaries of the two programmes as a way of equipping them with skills for the job market.

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Franklin Cudjoe, President of IMANI Ghana

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President of policy think tank IMANI Ghana, Franklin Cudjoe, is advocating for a shutdown of social intervention initiatives such as the Youth Employment Agency (YEA) and the Youth Enterprise Support programmes.

According to him, government should rather resource the various technical and vocational institutions to beneficiaries of the two programmes as a way of equipping them with skills for the job market.

Government, as part of efforts to fight corruption, announced that some companies indicted in the GYEEDA corruption scandal have been blacklisted.

However, Franklin Cudjoe believes that is not the surest way out of the issue.

“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.

He further called on government to create an enabling environment for businesses so they can employ young people.

“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.”

Ghana lost some millions of cedis after the GYEEDA programme, a social intervention targeting the country’s unemployed youth, was marred by some corruption scandals.

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

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