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Persons employed under the National Youth Employment Programme (NYEP) have been advised to use the appropriate channels to address their grievances to avoid impeding the progress of the programme.
They have also been advised to discharge their duties diligently and responsibly in their chosen careers to improve their living standards.
Mr. Mohammed Amin Adam, Tamale Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE), gave the advice in a press briefing in Tamale after familiarization visits to some of the training centres under the programme on Wednesday.
The MCE visited the 760 Health Care Extension Officers who were in their second month of the six months training.
The trainees are to undergo two months theoretical training and four months practical training to equip them with the necessary knowledge to dispense their duties professionally.
The briefing was also to address some of the concerns and agitations of the employed youth under the programme and to seek solutions to them.
Mr. Adam said some of them demonstrated a few days ago about the undue delay in the payment of their allowances.
He said the demonstration by the youth was uncalled for since they did not present any petition.
He said though the youth had genuine concerns, the approach they used could derail the main purpose of their engagement, which was volunteerism.
Mr. Adam, however, appealed to them to remain patient and that their salaries would soon be released.
He said 16 teaching assistants had been dismissed for poor attendance to duty and five trainers who were pregnant had also been dismissed.
He also reiterated the call not to politicise the programme since it was non-partisan and recruitments were genuinely selected on merit.
The MCE advised the trainees to take their studies seriously since they were coming out to deal with human lives.
He cautioned that those who refuse postings to deprived communities would not be entertained and commended the way the trainees comported themselves.
Some of the trainees raised concerns about shortage of training materials for the facilitators and appealed to the government to equip them with the necessary tools for teaching.
They however, lauded the programme and expressed the hope that the programme would be sustained to engage more youths to reduce unemployment in the country.