Okunor — In an effort to help address the unemployment situation facing the teeming youth, particularly, university graduates in the country, RLG, a leading communications assembling firm in the country, has offered jobs to 717 youth in the region.
The company, in partnership with the National Youth Employment Programme (NYEP), under the Ministry of Youth and Sports, last Wednesday held its 5th graduation ceremony for the above mentioned trainees at a short, but impressive ceremony, in Koforidua.
The youth, who were drawn from four districts in the region - Birim South, Atiwa, Asuogyaman New Juaben - underwent six months intensive training in mobile phone repair, computer software and hardware among others.
Addressing the youth at the ceremony, the Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports, Dr. Omane Boamah, said even though he appreciated the challenges of the youth, particularly, issues of job creation, the government had not relented in its effort to address the situation.
According to him, the effort of the government to partner with RLG to equip the youth with the needed training and skills were some of the efforts targeted at solving the problems.
He explained that President John Dramani Mahama, in his recent address, outlined some policies aimed at solving the challenges facing the country, including unemployment.
This, he indicated, should show the youth that the government was committed to bringing the situation of unemployment to an end, and called on everybody to support.
The Deputy Minister further affirmed the continued desire of the ministry to ensure that the NYEP was offered adequate resources to facilitate the recruitment and training of more youth, irrespective of the political affiliations.
The Eastern Regional Minister, Emmanuel Victor Smith, indicated that the issue of ICT had taken centre stage in the day-to-day activities of the world, and therefore, it was most important that RLG was empowering the youth with the needed skills in it.
According to the Minister, the issue and journey to solving the unemployment situation in the country cannot be achieved if the youth were not ready and prepared to work, hence he called on the youth, with special reference to those who had acquired the skills, to work with them.