The Minority in Parliament is accusing government of perpetuating a “create, loot and share” instinct by rushing the National Youth Employment Agency Bill.
“This controversial bill was laid only last month…by the Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, too short a time for any diligent work to be done.”
Mostly New Patriotic Party (NPP) Members of Parliament (MP), the Minority challenged government to freeze accounts of individuals and companies indicted in the final report presented to the Committee on Youth, Sports and Culture and Employment and Labour Relations on Wednesday, December 3.
Addressing journalists on Monday, December 15, Ranking Member of the Youth, Sports and Culture Committee Isaac Kwame Asiamah rejected claims that the National Youth Employment Programme (NYEP) introduced under the John Kufuor administration lacked legal framework.
“The programme was conceived, discussed and approved by both cabinet and parliament. The names, structure, funding sources were all approved. The NYEP was an inter-social initiative/project to address specific needs of those stakeholders,” the Atwima-Mponua Constituency MP said.
He, therefore, indicated that the change in name of NYEP to Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Development Agency (GYEEDA) did not bring with it any strategic change to its mission and vision.
Mr Asiamah said what should be given immediate attention is how to retrieve monies from culpable individuals and institutions “by giving clear directive to the Attorney General and Minister of Justice” and not the passage of a new bill.
“The Minority is not against the passage of any law for the programme. But it is instructive to note that a mere passage of the law will not stop the ‘create, loot and share’ instinct of this government”.
GYEEDA has been perceived as one of the corrupt agencies with its former head standing trial at an Accra high court.
“Considering the endemic corruption, malfeasance, the rot and the abuses as well as the total disregard for relevant laws and regulation in our public financial management that characterised the programme between 2009 and 2012 as contained in the Ministerial Impact Assessment and Review Committee of GYEEDA, one would expect the Majority side to support the Minority to do a more thorough work and hasten slowly.”
By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh|3news.com|Ghana