NYA to offer 10,000 youth with job opportunities

Emmanuel  Asigri (right) and other dignitries at the event

Emmanuel Asigri (right) and other dignitries at the event

The National Youth Authority (NYA) is to offer 10,000 youth in the informal sector with job opportunities nationwide under the Steps Towards Employment and Productivity (STEP) programme in 2019.

The programme, to be implemented in collaboration with the Council for Technical Vocational Education and Training (COTVET) and National Board for Small Scale Industries (NBSSI), the youth would be trained and set-up in selected marketable trade areas.

These include metal/welding, aluminum fabrication, bakery, cosmetology, mobile phone repairs, tailoring/dress making, beds making, soap making, batik/tie and dye making, hair dressing and ITC as some of the areas the youth would be engaged in under the programme.

This was made known by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Emmanuel Sin-Nyet Asigri at the press soiree organised by the authority in Accra to round up activities of the year and also make known of plans for the future.

Within the same period, NYA in collaboration with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, would train and employ 1,000 youth across the country in street light installation and maintenance in the various Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies(MMDA’s).

According to Mr Asigri, the STEP programme and others are effective ways of enhancing the capacity of the youth to serve as productive agents of the economy.

He said that out of the targeted number, 5,000 would be coming from youth in street hawking, 3,000 in head porting (kayayei) and 2,000 from other quarters.

The CEO mentioned metal/welding, aluminum fabrication, bakery, cosmetology, mobile phone repairs, tailoring/dress making, beds making, soap making, batik/tie and dye making, hair dressing, ITC and others as some of the areas the youth would be engaged in under the programme.

Mr Asigri said the board of NYA has approved these and other programmes for the year and all cost of training, provision of working tools and start-up capitals to enable effective implementation would be taken care of by the authority.

He further disclosed that, the authority would soon establish rehabilitation centres across the country to rehabilitate and provide skilled training for victims of tramadol and other substance abuse.

Mr Asigri recalled some of the achievements of his administration since they took office in 2017, which included infrastructure of ongoing 10 Youth Resources Centres across the country and Youth Leadership and Skills Training Institutes.

Others are Review of National Youth Policy, expanded NYA presence in all the regions and districts, youth empowerment programmes, Head of State Awards, payment of feeding grants arrears.

BY VICTOR A. BUXTON

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