ONE thousand two hundred people in the Sunyani municipality have so far been engaged under the various modules of the National Youth Employment Programme (NYEP) since its introduction.
According to Mr. Alfred Annye, the Municipal Coordinator of the NYEP, 167 were engaged under the Health Extension Work, 144 for the Community Protection Unit (CPU), 91 for Agriculture Business, 90 for Waste and Sanitation Management and 90 for the vocation jobs placement.
Mr Annye told the Daily Graphic in Sunyani that more than 400 people in the municipality had also benefited from the internship programme.
He gave the breakdown for those who had benefited from the internship in various institutions as 132 at the Regional Hospital, 17 at the Sunyani Nursing Training College, 32 at the 3 Garrison, 11 at the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA), 11 at the Department of Social Welfare, 11 at the Ghana Highway Authority, seven at the Non-Formal Education Division, four at Feeder Roads and two at the Sunyani Municipal Assembly.
Mr Annye disclosed further that through the internship programme, several people had been able to secure permanent jobs at the Controller and Accountant General’s Department, Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and in some private institutions.
He stated that the NYEP had helped to reduce the high youth unemployment situation in the municipality and apart from giving the youth jobs, it had also helped to put money in their pockets and lessened the financial burden on parents.
Mr Annye debunked the assertion that people who were engaged under the NYEP were NPP members and explained that the secretariat did not demand party membership cards before one was engaged.
He buttressed his point with the examples that the forms that were given out to those who had applied did not ask for one’s political affiliation, but only the bio-data of the applicant.