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11.04.2007 General News

¢6bn injected into health aspect of NYEP

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The Minister of Manpower, Youth and Employment, Alhaji Abubakar Sadique Boniface, has said the government spends six billion cedis to support 15,000 youth under the health module of the NYEP.

Each of the trainees would be paid a monthly stipend of ¢400,000 during their six months training.

Alhaji Boniface said this when he met trainees in Cape Coast at the beginning of a two-day visit to the Central region that will take him to all the 13 districts of the region.

He appealed to the trainees to consider the huge sum of money the government was spending on the programme and take their studies seriously.

He advised them to take the opportunity being offered them to better their grades in the senior secondary school examination to enable them to enroll into nurses training colleges to become professional nurses.

Alhaji Boniface said out of the 10 modules of the Youth Employment Programme (NYEP), the health module was the most sensitive because it deals with human lives and therefore advised the trainees to listen attentively to their facilitators to enable them to live up to expectation.

He cautioned them that they were the pioneers of the programme and for that matter its success or failure depended on the seriousness they attached to their studies.

"You should strive to become the role models of the module so as to attract others to follow your footsteps," he advised.

Alhaji Boniface said since the selection of the beneficiaries of all the modules was non-partisan and cuts across all shades of political opinion, he was confident that no party that comes to power in future would abolish it.

The Cape Coast Municipal Employment Coordinator, Mr Awankua Filson, said 300 youth applied for the health module and after screening, 77 were selected.

He also met trainees from the Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abrem, Abura-Asebu-Kwamankese and Mfantsiman districts.

Source: GNA

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