27 November 2012

Ghana: NYEP Originators Head for Court ...to Fight for Recognition, Acknowledgment

Kumasi — MR. KOBINA Nimako-Amprako, who claim to have propounded the concept for the National Youth Employment Programme (NYEP) is threatening to go to court for recognition.

The NYEP proponent said the proposed action is for violation of their intellectual property rights and the Pirating of ideas by Hon. Debrah and gross injustice meted out him and his colleagues, who needed all the encouragement for the programme.

He said, he together with Messrs. J.M. Forkuo and K. Appiah-Danka had helped to bring the concept into being and expected some acknowledgement and official recognition.

Mr. Nimako-Amprako said since 2007 when they brought their concern to the attention of the government, no move has been made to recognize them, saying they have been given a raw deal.

According to Mr. Nimako-Amprako, the former Senior Minister, Hon. J.H. Mensah had facilitated a meeting as a result of which the group met President J.A. Kufuor in January 2001, and sold the idea to him as the surest means of creating jobs for the unemployed.

President Kufuor is quoted as saying in acceptance of the concept at the said meeting attended by former MP for Asante Akim South, Hon. Alex Korankye, that "though the proposal was not new, its practical implementation was laudable, I buy the idea 100%".

Mr. Nimako-Amprko said they were directed to see the late Kwadwo Baah-Wiredu, who also directed them to Hon. Akubor Debrah, Minister of Agriculture to facilitate the process of implementing the programme.

As a result, a copy of their proposal; entitled " Formation of a Unit to speed up the creation of Youth Employment " and a working document titled: "Strategies for Youth Mobilization and Employment " were handed over to Hon. Debrah, but that was the end of the issue.

Mr. Nimako-Aprako said nothing was heard of the idea until the launch of NYEP at Kasoa in the Central region.

He said he was convinced that all the Modules suggested in their memorandum to the government had been captured and modified under the current NYEP modules, as being implemented.

The group, per their leader, say since the programme was passed on to the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) for continuation, it makes the NDC an accomplice to any wrong doing and, therefore, want the government to take the necessary steps to compensate them.

He said the development does not augur well for the country, since citizens may not be encourage by the apathy of the government to die a little for the nation.

"In the circumstance, we reserve the right to demand what is due us and strongly demand that both the NPDC and NPP give us the due acknowledgement as those who mooted the idea.

Mr. Nimako-Amprako also cautioned the NPP and NDC not to claim credit for NYEP on electioneering campaigns and score political points because they mooted the idea for the programme.

He has pointed to the meeting with President Kufuor on January 30, 2001, and supporting documents as evidence of their claim to NYEP.

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