YEA On Track …In Dealings With Beneficiaries

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Justin Kodua Frimpong, YEA CEO

The Youth Employment Agency (YEA) is on track in its dealings with persons who are to benefit from its human-centred programmes.

Against all odds, the YEA has been able to handle its affairs in a transparent manner such that the agency’s image has been the best in recent times.

Documents gleaned from the YEA indicate that the Elite Sports Support and Schools Support, which were rolled out to give relief to people in the COVID-19 era, have been hugely successful.

The Elite Sports Support, for instance, has some 1,000 beneficiaries who are receiving some GHC500.00 each month.

Those on the Schools Support and other support programmes are receiving some GHC395.00 at the end of every month.

Some 18,689 persons have been placed under the Community Protection Assistants module to ensure the safety of the Ghanaian public.

Although, there are institutional bureaucracies in getting money to pay beneficiaries, the old ways where YEA beneficiaries could go for several months without allowances have been checked under the current management and board.

Beneficiaries have been paid up to September, this year, and the agency is making some moves to settle the October arrears in earnest.

The only time that beneficiaries have not gotten their allowances is when the beneficiaries have not provided the agency with correct information.

For instance, out of 18,689 persons, under the Community Protection Assistants, payment of allowances to 18,619 for the month were successful, while 75 transactions failed as result of improper data information from the beneficiaries.

Some of the beneficiaries under the Schools Support Programme (SSP) did not get transactions to settle their allowances for August because they provided wrong information.

Out of 5,637 transactions for the SSP beneficiaries, 5, 577 were successful, while 60 failed.

However, The YEA created opportunity for the beneficiaries to rectify the wrong information they provided upon their engagement.

Apart from that, there were others too who were benefitting from other government schemes but wanted to scam the YEA.

Through diligence and proper scrutiny, the YEA has been able to purge its system of those who were benefitting from other schemes, such as NABCO, but wanted to benefit from its programme.

The YEA, as it is today, is not an avenue for people to earn underserved allowances because of security and fraud checks it has put in place.