2,500 disabled persons to be employed under YES

Helga Boadi, Chief Executive Officer, YES.

Helga Boadi, Chief Executive Officer, YES.

GOVERNMENT is to employ about 2,500 people with disabilities under the Youth Employment Agency (YEA) this year.

Jacob Atole Adongo,  Director of Disability and Gender of the agency, who disclosed  this, said the initiative formed part of efforts to provide jobs to Ghanaians, irrespective of their social status.

He said the YEA had employed 3,000 people with disabilities since 2010 and assured that more jobs would be created.

Speaking to The Ghanaian Times on the sidelines at a disability network meeting in Accra last Wednesday Mr. Adengo said the beneficiaries would be engaged as teachers, paid interns, fire service prevention and sanitation officers.

He said a stakeholder workshop would be convened on April 4, to discuss the placement of beneficiaries.

Currently, he said the agency had forwarded a number of applications it received to the Public Services Commission for scrutiny.

He said some beneficiaries would be provided with vocational and skills training to enable them to get decent jobs.

Mr. Jacob said the agency had employed the 14 university graduates whose appointment had been pending since 2015.

The graduates, whose appointment generated public discussion last year, compelling President John Mahama’s directives to the agency to employ them immediately, are now staff members of the Youth Employment Agency.

Mr. Joseph Zaphenat Amenewode, chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Employment, urged the agency to ensure the right people were employed.

“Those doing the selection must be conscious of the law and ensure that it is properly done this time,” he said.

Government, he said, intended to register more Ghanaians on to the YEA and provide financial support to beneficiaries to expand their businesses.

The meeting was organised to harness the expertise and experiences of stakeholders to promote disability issues.

It was attended by about 50 participants from disability movement, civil society and faith-based organisations and government agencies.

By Malik Sullemana

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