From David Allan Paintsil, Cape Coast
The National Youth Employment Programme (NYEP) in the Central Region has recruited 100 youth into its Information Communication Technology (ICT) training module, to equip them with skills in mobile phone repairs and computer hardware, to earn a living in future.
The programme is being done in collaboration with rLG Communications, a mobile phone assembling company in Ghana, which is training some youth under the NYEP programme nationwide.
Speaking at the launch of the programme in Cape Coast on Monday, the Deputy NYEP Central Regional Coordinator, Nurudeen Issah, said research had shown that the Ghanaian youth constituted 26 percent of the population, with 50 percent of them unemployed.
He added that it was in this direction that the government was equipping the youth with employable skills to enhance their ability to secure jobs in the future.
He said about 1,000 youth had been targeted to benefit from the ICT module, with the region being zoned into five areas, with each zone having 200 youth selected for training.
Mr. Elvis Korankye-Taylor, Cape Coast NYEP Coordinator, said the programme was necessary, because communication technology had become the tool in moving the world forward.
He said mobile phones played an important role in business and commerce therefore, it was important for the trainees to take their sessions seriously, so that they could impart the knowledge to others.
The Regional Sales Manager of rLG Communications Limited, Baba Seidu, said the training would last six months, and that those who would perform creditably, would be employed by the company.
According to him, the company was building a 30,000 capacity plant at the Spintex Road in Accra, which when completed, would employ some of the trainees to support the company’s drive to make Ghana a mobile phone and computer assembling spot on the African continent.
He used the occasion to appeal to Ghanaians to purchase made in Ghana goods, adding that when you buy a made in Ghana product, you are employing the Ghanaian youth, while a purchase of inferior goods from other countries, puts money into the pockets of the youth of those countries.