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Regional News Mon, 20 Nov 2006

Appointment letters presented to employees of Youth Employment Programme

Sekondi Nov. 20,-GNA-Appointment letters were on Monday presented to first batch of employees of the Youth Employment Programme in the Shama-Ahanta East Metropolis at Sekondi.

Speaking at the function, Mr Philip Kwesi Nkrumah, Shama-Ahanta East Metropolitan Chief Executive said seventy of the employees are going to work in the basic level of the educational sector and the remaining 25 in the sanitation sector.

He said those employed under the sanitation model of the Youth Employment would evacuate rubbish from households using tricycles and deposit them at transfer stations in communities where the rubbish would be evacuate by trucks to a central disposal point.

Mr Nkrumah said the assembly has privatized the management of rubbish to Zoomlion and this measure would relieve children of the draggery of attending school late because they have to dispose of household rubbish before going to school.

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He said supporting the education and sanitation sectors through job creation for the youth is only one of several models that have been selected and processed to offer jobs to the youth in the economy of the Shama-Ahanta East Metropolitan Assembly. Mr Nkrumah said the other areas under which several youth have screened for employment and which will take off before the end of the year include commuity protection, auxillary nursing, ICT, vocational training, agriculture and internship.

He said an amount of 556 million cedis has already been released to the Assembly under the programme for beneficiaries in the agriculture model.

Mr Nkrumah said the target for employment under the models is to engage not less than 500 youth by the close of the year and so far, 3,000 people have applied for employment under the various models.

Source: GNA
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