Look For Alternative Funding For YES Policy – B/A MP Tells Government
The member of parliament for Sunyani East, Hon. Kwasi Ameyaw-Cheremeh has called on government to rescind its decision to use portions of some statutory funds to finance the youth employment agency and look for an alternative and sustainable source of funding.
According to Ameyaw-Cheremeh, government attempt to deduct some percentages from the GETFund, National Health Insurance Fund and the District Assembly Common Fund as sources of funding for the new YES policy is not sustainable considering government poor record as far as the payment of statutory funds over the years is concerned.
The minority in parliament held a press conference calling on government to withdraw the youth employment bill currently before parliament for approval and demanded a thorough scrutiny of the GYEEDA reports before proceeding to consider passing the new bill.
According to the minority, the bill in it current state lends itself to corruption and if not properly structured,would become an instrument of create, loot and share just like the GYEEDA which was bedeviled with series of corruption.
The bill when passed will give the youth employment agency policy a legal backing and allow government to deduct 15, 10 and 5 percent from the district assembly common fund, NHIS fund and GETFund respectively to finance the policy.
Speaking in an interview, the mp stated that,the minority is not against the bill but the use of portions of some statutory funds to finance the policy because those deductions would put financial pressure on the affected funds considering government’s delay in releasing monies to the statutory funds.
He said government should rather look elsewhere for a sustainable source of funding for the YES programme instead of deducting from those statutory funds.