More Jobs For Youth Up North As New YEA Regional Director Assumes Office

THE NEW Northern Regional Director of the Youth Employment Agency (YEA), Mr. Tanko Rashid Computer, has assured the youth groups in the region of equal opportunities to get employment under the Agency.

According to him, his administration was ready to employ more interested youth, irrespective of their political affiliations.

Speaking at a handing over ceremony at the Northern Regional Coordinating Council’s Conference Hall, the new YEA Director said that President John Dramani Mahama had the Ghanaian youth at heart and would ensure that a large number of the unemployed youth in the country were employed.

Majority of the youth in the Northern Region have been used by some unscrupulous persons to foment trouble, due to the lack of jobs for them.

But Mr. Tanko Computer said that the current restructuring exercise going on in the YEA was ample testimony that the government wanted the best for the youth of this country and, therefore, encouraged the youth in the Northern Region to have faith in the NDC.

“My focus is to get all the youth employed and ensure good living for them. And I will make sure that all the youth groups in the region whether you are coming from the centre, you are coming from the right or left, top or down, you will get employment under this agency.

“The YEA is meant to provide jobs for Ghanaian youth but not only those in a particular political party”.

Mr. Tanko Computer, who claimed to have rich experience in youth activism and management said he was familiar with the challenges facing the youth and was ready to address them all.

After commending President Mahama and other key personalities for his appointment, the new Northern Regional YEA Director fired back at some faceless influential persons using some hungry youth in Tamale to make “ugly noises” about him.

Some of the youth of the NDC, after his appointment was announced, came out strongly to accuse him of financial malfeasance during his reign as the Northern Regional Manager of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).

But the Former Regional NHIS Boss, who is also the current Director of Elections for the NDC in the region, said that he had never been involved in any financial scandal whatsoever, or being convicted by any Court for such claim.

According to him, the only issued he ever encountered during his term was when two of his NHIS officers and the Accountant at Savelugu Scheme involved themselves in over payment of some claims and his attention was drawn to it as Regional Manager for rectification.

However, his detractors, who attempted to destroy his handing over ceremony, but were swiftly curtailed by the Police and the Military, as they were insisting that Mr. Tanko Computer was sacked from the company after he had been transferred to NHIS head office in Accra as a result of the alleged financial misappropriation. The group, though, could not mention how much money he (Tanko Computer) had squandered or misapplied, but they insisted the appointment should be reversed.

The Chronicle gathered that the NDC youth group are rather fronting for one Mohammed Abdul Moomin, who was in acting position as Regional Director of YEA after the termination of the appointment of the Former Regional Boss, Alhaji Mohammed Adam Amin “Abio”.

Mr. Tanko Computer explained with copies of letters from his employers that he was transferred to the headquarters because of his competence, but later tendered in his resignation to allow him more time to help the NDC in the 2013 election petition at the Supreme Court, since he was the Director of Elections for the Northern Region.

“I resigned from NHIS Accra office because I couldn’t stay in Accra and still handle the Pink Sheet issues as Regional Director of Elections for my party. I resigned because of NDC and not because I was sacked, as the ugly noises are forcing people to believe. I have the letters as evidence and the media or anybody who has any doubt can come and verify”.

From Edmond Gyebi, Tamale

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