Mr. Abuga Pele, National Youth Coordinator of NYEP
The National Youth Employment Programme (NYEP) has secured about of $65 million from the World Bank to assist in implementing its modules.
The fund comes as a huge relief to the NYEP in its efforts to efficiently execute its various modules towards creating sustainable employment for the youth.
As part of arrangements for the release of the funds, a technical team of the bank is in the country to access the extent of preparedness of the NYEP to manage the funds, scheduled to be released in September.
Abuga Pele, the National Coordinator, announced this in Accra, when he received 14 new tipper trucks and road maintenance equipment acquired by the Zeera Group, a private road and building construction firm, in support of the Youth in Road Maintenance module of the NYEP.
The acquisition of the trucks and equipment provides a major boost to the operations of the Youth in Road Maintenance Programme, an initiative tasked with the maintenance of the country’s roads.
An additional 15 trucks are expected to be delivered by the end of the month, to help in enhancing the operations of the module in ensuring that the country’s roads are motorable throughout the current rainy season.
The programme, a private-public partnership initiative operating under the NYEP, in collaboration with the Zeera Group, has so far employed over 10,000 youths across the country, who are actively engaged in management of the roads to ensure safe transportation.
Established by the government as one of the job creation initiatives, the programme has already chalked some remarkable successes in keeping a number of roads in good shape.
With the programme operating in almost all the regions, beneficiaries of the module are tasked to undertake intensive maintenance of roads, particularly filling up potholes, desilting drainages and clearing bushes at roadsides, and alerting the Roads and Highways Ministry of works required on the roads.
Receiving the trucks, Mr. Pele said his outfit was happy with the progress of the road maintenance module.
According to him, the acquisition of more equipment was laudable because the road maintenance operations had to be enhanced, especially with the on-set of the rains, and expressed optimism that the the new equipment would help to resource the workers to perform creditably.
In addition, he gave the assurance that the NYEP would continue to support the execution of the road maintenance module, and promised to fully collaborate with the management of Zeera Group to address all emerging challenges confronting the programme.
That, he said, would ensure that the module had a positive impact on efforts for sustainable job creation, translated into savings from the high cost of road maintenance, and led to a reduction in road accidents.