GYEEDA Can Now Start Afresh –Kobby Akyeampong

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The National Coordinator of the state-run youth employment programme, has noted that GYEEDA can now start afresh, after Government cancelled the contracts of all service providers deemed unwise.

Kobby Akyeampong, who was appointed 3-months ago to oversee the restructuring of the scandalised agency is pushing for internal re-organisation and capacity building at GYEEDA “to do what it should do best – monitor and evaluate these service providers”.

Government terminated all contracts between the Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Development Agency (GYEEDA) through the Ministry of Youth and Sports on one hand and its service providers, on the other.

Rlg Communications’ training module, the Asongtaba Cottage Industry and Exchange Programme (ACI&EP) and the Better Ghana Management Services Limited, a subsidiary of Jospong Group, the parent company of Zoomlion, are some of the high profile casualties axed from GYEEDA.

Other organisations and institutions that have been affected by the directives are ZEERA Groups of Companies, Zongo Empowerment & Entrepreneurial Development (ZEED), Youth Enterprises & Skills Development Centre (YESDEC), Ghallywood African Film Village, Timelink Company Limited and Craft PRO Limited.

Speaking on Multi TV’s Joy News channel last Wednesday, Kobby Akyeampong said, the move by government “gives GYEEDA the opportunity to start from the scratch, and to start with a legal framework in place.”

Government will be passing a GYEEDA law, a lack of it, has been what critics and commentators on the scandal at GYEEDA say was an incentive for wrongdoing.

“Currently a draft bill is in the process of being drawn. We have gone through a mock reading between the Attorney-General’s office, the Ministry of Youth & Sport and GYEEDA…this bill will go to a cabinet subcommittee and make a recommendation to a full cabinet who will also look at it”, the national coordinator explained.

He pointed out, “once there is a legal framework in place, it tells people you cannot do this, you can do this”.

Before the Bill heads to Parliament to be passed into law, Mr. Kobby Akyeampong reveals, there will be a stakeholders conference to elicit views from the public to be incorporated into the legislative piece.

Kobby Akyeampong last Wednesday confirmed to The Herald that the termination of all contracts the agency signed with service providers including RLG Communications Limited, apart from the sanitation module with Zoomlion Company.

Mr. Akyeampong, who was recently appointed by President John Mahama to Head the agency, disclosed that the decision to cancel the contracts “with immediate effect” was part of the restructuring and reorganization of the operations of GYEEDA, as promised by the government.

An official letter dated January 9, 2014 and cited by The Herald from the Ministry of Youth and Sports titled “Termination of Contract – RLG Communications Limited” and signed by the Ministry’s Chief Director Alhaji Abdulai Yakubu said, “I am directed to convey to you, Government’s decision to discontinue or terminate the contract with immediate effect.”

The letter which was addressed to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of RLG Communications Limited, Roland Agambire on behalf of government and Minister of Youth and Sports Mr. Elvis Affriyie- Ankrah explained that the decision to cancel the various contracts of the service providers.

The letter said, the decision was reached following “series of meetings that officials of the Ministry had with your good self at the Midinidi Hotel, Cantonments on the above contracts, as part of the on-going restructuring of GYEEDA”.

The letter further directed the RLG boss, “You are hereby requested to continue to have engagements with the Attorney -General’s Department and Ministry of Justice on your liabilities to GYEEDA and ensure the refund of same to Government,” the letter added.

The letter has also been copied to the Attorney- General and Minister of Justice, the Minister of MOYS and the Executive Director of GYEEDA.
The RLG Communications Limited contracts between GYEEDA, then National Youth Employment Programme (NYEP) under Ministry of Youth and Sports was signed July 23, 2012.

The new management of GYEEDA has taken charge of the restructuring and reorganization of the operations to restore sanity in the operations of the energy.

Asongtaba Cottage Industry & Exchange Programme has been undertaking the Guinea Fowl rearing and trees planting projects under Savanna Accelerated Development Authority (SADA), but again the company operating under the Agams Group has been failing.

It would be recalled that President Mahama initiated an investigation on the running and conduct of the GYEEDA programme.

Upon its completion, the report was presented by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Elvis Afriyie Ankrah at the Flagstaff House on Tuesday, July 7, 2013.

At the time, the President assured Ghanaians that his Government will, “…in the next few days, weeks, implement those recommendations in a very firm manner”.

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