The Management of the Youth Employment Agency (YEA) has sighted with disdain a news article published by Ghanaweb.com titled ‘I will never encourage any unemployed youth to work with YEA – Bossman Adutwum’ dated 28th, April 2021.
The story is carved from a purported interview with one Bossman Adutwum who claims to be working for the Youth Employment Agency under a ‘ Tree Planting Program’.
The story as published on GhanaWeb is totally false and seen as a populist and malicious fabrication intended to cause public disaffection for the Agency and to destroy the impeccable record of massive transformation by the leadership of the Agency since 2017.
The Youth Employment Agency has no such module currently running as ‘Tree Planting’ and there is no beneficiary in our current active database known as Bossman Adutwum.
The Agency does not owe Beneficiaries for sixteen months as posited. Payments have been regular and prompt since 2017, and currently Beneficiaries are to be paid only March 2021 allowances.
Indeed, the Agency assisted the Forestry Commission sometime back (well over three years ago) to recruit some young people into their ‘Youth in Afforestation’ programme. That was to keep the country green by preserving our forests and may have included a Tree Planting exercise. The Agency has since not been involved in any programme of this sort and the Beneficiary (if he exists) may be an employee of the Forestry Commission.
It is unfortunate that anybody with an ulterior and nefarious motive can pose as a staff of the Agency and blatantly lie
just to tarnish the hard earned reputation of management of the Agency which has brought it to the admiration of many.
Management since 2017 has turned the Agency into an enviable one with a public record of very innovative programmes like the Job Centre, Artisan Directory, School Support Programme, Youth in Sports and Elite Sports, Work Abroad, a continuation of the traditional modules amongst many others. It is also public record that we have facilitated direct Employment for over one hundred and forty five thousand (145,000) people over the last four years.
We will urge the public to stay focused and not be dissuaded by propaganda but uphold their goodwill in the Agency as we prepare to continue and roll out more innovative programmes that will ensure the creation of more sustainable jobs.
Director – Corporate Affairs