From Edmond Gyebi, Tamale
A few hours after the inauguration of the new President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, some irate youth, believed to be supporters of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Northern Region, fiercely attacked some offices of the Youth Employment Agency (YEA) in the region.
The youth, who are apparently hungry for jobs, reportedly chased out officers and staff of the Tamale Metro and Sagnarigu District, and closed down the offices of the agencies.
The suspected NPP youth are said to have also attacked the Tamale Metro Office of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), but were turned away by the police.
News about wanton attacks on state agencies and departments has become rampant in Ghana, immediately after the change of government.
Similar attacks were launched on some offices in the Tamale Metropolis, including the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), Savannah Accelerated Development Agency (SADA), NHIS, Kumasi Improved Ventilation Pits (KVIPs) and others.
The Northern Regional Director for the Youth Employment Agency (YEA), Rashid Tanko Computer, confirmed the development to this reporter.
According to him, he received distress reports from some workers of the two agencies concerning the attacks by the NPP youth, whose intention was to drive them out of the offices and then lock them up.
But Mr Rashid Computer indicated that the agency was established under the Youth Employment Agency Act 2015 (Act 887) to oversee the development, coordination, supervision and facilitation of employment for the youth, and so the irate youth do not have the power to lock up the offices.
He stressed that all staff at the agency were recruited through the public service procedures, just as any other state institution.
Meanwhile, Mr. Rashid Computer said that he had officially written to the Northern Regional Police Command to take appropriate actions in order to curtail further attacks.
He has also instructed the workers not to open or enter any of the offices until police investigations were over.
Meanwhile, efforts to speak to the Northern Regional Police PRO, ASP Ebenezer Tetteh, proved unsuccessful. But information gathered so far indicates that police personnel are being stationed at the two offices to prevent further attacks.