About 20 youth employed under the National Youth Employment Programme (NYEP) have been dismissed for various offences.
According to the Tamale Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE), Mohammed Amin Adam, they were found committing offences which included absenteeism, vacation of posts, truancy and 'rowdism' barely a few months into their engagement.
The recruitment exercise which began last year with the implementation of 6 modules has engaged 120 waste management staff, and 584 community teaching assistants, including 143 females, 50 community protection officers and 86 paid interns deployed to departments like the Volta River Authority (VRA), Ghana Health Service (GHS), Value Added Tax (VAT) Service and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
The MCE reminded those engaged that the main reasons for the institution of the programme was to nurse in them the spirit of volunteerism and patriotism, and even though they were entitled to some allowances, it was not for them to embark on unnecessary demonstrations or strikes.
The MCE who made these remarks during a day's working visit to the Health Assistants under training at the Tamale Polytechnic, said such actions aimed at defeating the purpose of the programme, so the people involved in such acts were saboteurs who would be dismissed and made to face the law.
He advised them therefore to comport themselves and live according to the directives of the metropolitan health directorate and the assembly.
In all, 760 people were under training and would be deployed to the various health posts within the metropolis on successful completion.
Briefing the press later, the MCE appealed to them and the various communities to help check the activities of those engaged in the various modules, to ensure they were really putting up their best.
He pointed out that their engagement was an opportunity to consolidate what the leaders of the country struggled for 50 years ago, and there were various channels they could employ to forward their concerns for redress.
He challenged them to rather use the opportunity to further their education to the highest level and be useful in society.