The Youth Employment Agency (YEA) has committed to collaborate with the Oti Regional Coordinating Council to reduce unemployment rate in the region within shortest possible time.
This, according to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of YEA, Mr Justin Kodua Frimpong, would be achieved through extensive agricultural development with the agency’s Regional Flagship programmes.
Speaking at the commissioning of YEA’s new ultra-modern office complex to serve as the headquarters for the newly created Oti Region yesterday, Mr Frimpong said they would also focus on empowering individuals and cooperatives to venture into skills training to create jobs.
“We are committed to working together with the regional council to create jobs for the youth as we hope to reduce unemployment and eventually end the canker across the country,” he stated.
Mr KoduaFrimpong stated that the new office would be a huge boost to bringing job opportunities closer to the teeming youth in the Oti Region as the outfit would forge a closer relationship with the council to implement the numerous modules and projects, including the YEA Job Centre, the Artisan Directory, Flagship Projects, Work Abroad Programme and other entrepreneurship support programmes.
On his part, the Oti Regional Minister, Dr Joshua Makobu, was optimistic that the new edifice and collaboration between the regional council and YEA would go a long way to foster development.
Dr Makobu, a former employee of YEA, praised the government for the initiatives aimed at empowering the youth and providing them with sources of livelihoods.
“As a Regional Minister, I wish to state my unflinching support for the job creation agenda of YEA, which is perfectly in line with government’s Industrialisation drive,” he said.
He took the opportunity to urge participants to buy into the E-Levy proposal which would aid government’s job creation agenda as emulated by YEA.
Chief of Dambai, Nana Bameasem Asafohene, also expressed gratitude to government for ensuring that the entire region was rapidly seeing a face-lift since its creation.
He called on the youth to take advantage of the opportunities to be provided through YEA’s new office to become more responsible to society.
The Municipal Chief Executive(MCE) for Krachi East, Mr Francis Kofi Okeso, also commended government for the numerous infrastructural development taking place across the region since its creation.
BY TIMES REPORTER