Ghanaian Chronicle

NYEP ICT trainees cautioned against selling tools …as 710 youth graduate

Date published: September 19, 2012

from Samuel Agbewode

The Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports, Dr. Omane Boamah, has observed that graduates under the National Youth Employment Programme (NYEP) Information Communication Technology (ICT) training module have no excuse as to why they should still remain unemployed after being equipped with the requisite skills and start-up tools.

Dr. Boamah noted that with the effective collaboration with the management of Rlg Institute of Technology, which formed part of the government’s policy to help in equipping the youth in modern technological skills to enable them fully take advantage of the opportunity to develop themselves.

The Deputy Minister for Youth and Employment, who made the observation at the graduation ceremony of 710 youth in Ho, under the NYEP ICT training module in the Volta Region, also cautioned the beneficiary youth not to sell the working tools provided them after training, in order to get quick money, because it would undermine the objective of the programme.

According to the Deputy Minister, it was important for the beneficiaries of the ICT training programme to work hard to put the skills acquired to use, and asked the trainees to take their jobs more seriously, as well as to exhibit a high level of business attitudes that would ensure that they work more effectively.

The Head of the Rlg Institute of Technology, Mr. Isaac Appiah, said the training of the 710 youth in ICT was a clear sign of public private partnership in the country, which, he pointed out, would go a long way to equip the unemployed youth with the requisite skills that would help establish their own businesses, since their area of work was an emerging area that would make them productive.

Mr. Appiah pointed out that the 710 trainees brought to a total 24,000 youth trained under the ICT module in the 3rd contract between Rlg Communications and the NYEP, and disclosed that within six months of training in ICT, the beneficiaries were taken through introduction to computers, mobile phone soft and hardware, general electronics and entrepreneurship.

The Head of the Rlg Institute of Technology said the training did not only provide jobs for the beneficiaries, but also made it possible for them to face the challenging world driven by technology, innovation and knowledge.

He added that the process was not only to help the graduates set up their own businesses, but as well be in a position to equip others with the relevant skills that would make them self-reliant.

Mr. Appiah disclosed: “Currently, we have 46 training centers dotted across the country, and we hope to double this number to ensure that many more youth benefit from the programme, irrespective of the location, background or financial status.”

The Volta Regional Minister, Mr. Henry Ford Kamel, whose speech was read for him by the Ho Municipal Chief Executive, Mr. Isaac Kodobisah, commended the management of Rlg for the commitment shown towards the programme in helping to train the youth in ICT, and urged the beneficiaries to take the skills acquired seriously to transform their lives.

The Paramount Chief of the Ziavi traditional area, Togbega Koku Ayim IV, who chaired the ceremony, noted that the youth were the future leaders and the move to equip them with employable skills was in the right direction, because many of them would turn to be employers rather than employees, which, he stressed, was crucial in the nation’s development agenda.

 

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