YEA Putdown NPPs Allegations

The Youth Employment Agency (YEA) says the claim by the New Patriotic Party that the agency will serve as a conduit for siphoning public funds to fund the National Democratic Congress’ 2016 election campaign is uninformed and baseless.


The NPP in a statement claimed that the 2013 Auditor General’s contains evidence that confirm its belief that the Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Development Agency (GYEEDA).

The statement signed by the Communications Director Nana Akomea referred to the public Accounts Committee’s proceedings of June 28th 2016 during which a deputy Minister for Finance Cassel Ato Forson was questioned about some 100 million dollars that was given to GYEEDA.

The money, according to the statement is 200 percent what was initially budgeted hence the NPP’s suspicion that the said amount was used to fund the NDC’s 2012 Campaign.

The statement further suggested that the same was being done this year with monies being allegedly diverted to the YEA to be used to fund the NDC’s campaign.

But Deputy Chief Executive of the YEA in charge of Operations Luke Atazona is surprised at the claim and was disappointed that it was signed by a former Minister for Employment and Social Welfare Nana Akomea.

Luke Atazona said unlike the YEA’s predecessor GYEEDA, the new agency’s activities are regulated by an act of parliament that requires strict transparency and accountability.

He said their activities and funding arrangements have been reviewed and approved by the Parliamentary select committee on Youth and Sports.

“Recently when I went with my CEO and then with our staff to go and explain to the people of Ghana through the parliament, the select committee on youth, culture and sports to explain to them, there were NPP representatives there.

The Vice Chairman was an NPP guy Hon Isaac Asiamah and he lauded this initiative.

He was very happy about the progress that we have made so far” said the deputy YEA Boss.

He further retorted, “Maybe Mr. Akomeah is speaking from an uniformed position or he is just being pushed to do that”.

Luke Atazona has also invited Nana Akomeah to come to the YEA office for information on the activities of the YEA if he so wishes.

“The results are there for all to see”, the former Presidential staffer concluded.

The Deputy CEO just returned to Accra after visiting some offices of Youth Employment Agency (YEA) in some selected districts in the Upper East, Upper West, Northern and Brong-Ahafo Regions as parts his familiarization tour of the Northern part of the country.

By: Isaac Kofi Dzokpo/

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