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Even though this situation poses a challenge to youth participation, Attipoe-Fittz (2010) has argued that "the role of the RMT is not to implement but merely monitor the implementation of the NYEP at the districts where the chunk of the beneficiaries are located." Perhaps, this explains why the Regional Coordinator for the NYC is made a member of the RMT and not the youth groups themselves.
(2010) Interview with Selasi Seth Attipoe-Fittz, Deputy National Co-ordinator, National Youth Employment Programme (NYEP) in Accra on 20th September 2010.
This paper therefore takes an overview of the NYEP. It highlights how it was formulated and is being implemented with particular emphasis on the role of the youth, if any, in the processes.
However, given that the NYEP employs Ghanaian youth between the ages of 18-35 years who are literate, illiterate, able and or disabled, the term is also used in accordance with the age bracket at which one could be employed under the NYEP.
Other initiatives that followed include the Skills Training and Employment Placement (STEP) Programme, an attempt to establish a National Youth Fund (NYF) as well as various micro-credit schemes to support small-scale enterprises (NYEP Guidelines, 2006:1).
The National Youth Employment Programme (NYEP), also called the National Youth Job Corps Programme, was a special policy initiated by the NPP government in 2006 based on a presidential directive to ensure that the youth including Junior High School (JHS) and Senior High School (SHS), Technical/Vocational School graduates as well as school dropouts and illiterate youth, would be actively engaged in some productive employment (Attipoe-Fittz, 2010).
This directive marked the beginning of the processes towards the formulation of the NYEP, a quick a solution to youth unemployment in Ghana (ibid).
Alex Owusu--Director in Charge of Agric Project, NYC (NYEP Committee Report, 2005:2).
The main objective of the committee was to identify projects with economic potential that can generate immediate employment for as many young people as possible in order to check their idleness and drift from the rural to urban communities in search of non-existent jobs (NYEP Guidelines, 2006:2).
The meetings of the committee lasted six months during which a wide spectrum of economic and social service activities that could be pursued by the youth as employment were identified (NYEP Committee Report, 2005:10).
The MYS was then tasked to set up the NYEP Secretariat (3) to commence recruitment and placement across the country (Adu-Mensah, 2011).
The youth were expected to play crucial role in implementing the NYEP even though they did not participate in its formulation.
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