Youth Employment YEA targets 2000 PWD's by end of 2016

This initiative is to enrol disabled people on the street who have difficulty in securing a job

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The Youth Employment Agency (YEA) in the Greater Accra Region says it is targeting 2000 persons with disability unto their various modules of the Youth Enterprise Support (YES) within the region before the end of this year.

This initiative is to enrol disabled people on the street who have difficulty in securing a job. The move again by the agency is also to clear all beggars on the street especially in the capital city, Accra.

At a seminar organised by the YEA for persons with disability (PWD) in Accra, the Regional Director, Solomon Nii Afutu, said it is YEA’s mandate to develop and facilitate the provision of jobs for women and the physically challenged is part of that mandate.

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He went ahead to say the agency’s target is to recruit 2000 PWD’s in the Greater Accra region alone because of the population in Accra even though the agency has done some recruitment.

“We have employed 100 PWD’s and have recruited 400 already, so we just need to add some numbers to get our target by the end of this year,” he noted.

Mr Nii Afutu also explained that the agency has assessed the employment challenges of PWD’s in the country and would strategize to expand the employment opportunities available for PWD’s.

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Director at the Disability and Gender Desk at the YEA in Accra, Mr David Dotse Koffigah, told the media that, his outfit is hopeful of getting all PWD’s from the streets of Accra by getting jobs for them.

“We have some people on the streets and we don’t want to see that. We know that PWD’s cannot do some of the work of YEA like the Police, Fire and Prison but they can do our handwork like weaving and making fabrics so we are going to get our people do some of this work so that they will stop being on the streets”, he explained

The seminar brought together various groups to share ideas and discussion about how to reduce the level of unemployment among PWD’s in the country.

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