NYEP staff to get ex-gratia

… After two years service
… Beginning January 2011

From Simmons Yussif Kewura, Kumasi

A group picture of the gradunads, the DCOP Patirck Timbillah, Mr. Opoku Manu (in cream suit) after the passing out parade, INSET: Alhaji Sulemana Ibrahim, Deputy Nat’l Coordinator, Finance NYEP

Beginning January next year, staff of the National Youth Employment Programme (NYEP) would begin to contribute towards their exit period, where they would be made to pay certain amounts into a provident fund set up by the programme.

Announcing the new package, the deputy National Coordinator in charge of Finance, Alhaji Sulemana Ibrahim, explained that the staff would have their allowances deducted monthly and paid into the fund, which would serve as a lump sum for them when exiting from the programme.

The deputy Coordinator indicated that the NYEP would pay a counterpart contribution into the fund, in order to make it rich enough to be in a position to pay the staff when they are leaving the programme.

Mr. Sulemana, who was speaking at the passing out parade of 400 Community Protection Assistants (CPA) of the NYEP in Kumasi recently, disclosed that the programme, after reviewing its operations, realised that its staff, when exiting, go home with empty hands, which he said wasnot proper.

According to him, when the Atta Mills administration took over the administration of the country, it promised Ghanaians that it would re-structure the programme.

He said currently, the programme had expanded the security model to cover areas in prisons, fire fighting and immigration, in addition to the existing community policing.

He said so far, 700 people had been recruited under the CPA, adding that they were committed to employing 5,000 persons under each of the modules by the year 2012, with 2,300 going to the CPA.

Alhaji Sulemana advised the graduands to be of good behaviour, since most of them would be joining the police service after their two years service to the nation under the NYEP.

According to him, those employed had their qualifications screened to ensure that they were up to the standard of mainstream policing, because they would be serving as the first point of call when recruiting people into the police service.

The Ashanti Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Patrick Timbilla, addressing the graduands, reminded them that in the security service there was nothing like Christmas, and for that matter, they must prepare themselves to safeguard those who would be celebrating the Christmas.

DCOP Timbilla expressed satisfaction over the readiness of the CPA to serve the nation, adding “your ability to march well and ability to cope up with the police training within six months, simply indicates that you are ready to assist us to combat crime.”

He said the CPA, according to the government programme, was set up to serve as an auxiliary support for the police to discharge its constitutional mandate.

The Ashanti Police Commander disclosed that during the six-week training of the CPA, they were taught how to handle traffic, law of evidence, English language and reporting, district assembly bye-laws and code of ethics, among others.

DCOP Timbilla said this batch was the last one for the year 2010, and the time they were coming out was a very crucial period which conceded with the Christmas, and the current spade of armed robbery, and for that matter they must prepare to face the odious task ahead of them during the Christmas festivities.

The graduands were drawn from the southern sector. The parade was reviewed by the Ashanti Regional Minister, Mr. Kofi Opoku Manu.

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