The Forestry Commission has signed a Service Agreement with the Youth Employment Agency (YEA) to employ 15000 youth as part of the Youth in Afforestation Module in Accra.
This is in line with the His Excellency President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s vision of creating job opportunities for the unemployed youth of the country.
According to Mr. Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, the Chief Executive of Forestry Commission the programme is to engage more youth in tree planting, protection of forest cover and to carry out forest plantation activities.
He mentioned that programme will be rolled out fully in January 2018 to engage 15000 youth for a two year duration with each beneficiaries entitled to Four Hundred Ghana Cedis (GHC400.00) as an allowance per month.
He said the Service Agreement would establish a formal relationship between the Forestry Commission and the YEA.
According to him, Forestry Commission, is implementing the Modified Taungya System which has engaged over 10,000 farmers across the country.
It has been disclosed that an amount of Six Million Ghana Cedis (GHC6,000,000.00) has been released by the government towards the payment of January allowances of the beneficiaries.