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Business News of Thursday, 23 November 2017


Forestry Commission to offer 15,000 jobs by January 2018

The Forestry Commission is set to employ some 15,000 youth by January 2018 as part of efforts to enhance its work across the country.

This was revealed at the signing of a service agreement between the Forestry Commission and the Youth Employment Agency (YEA), in which the YEA would serve as the recruitment agency for the Commission.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Forestry Commission, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, signed the service agreement on behalf of his outfit, while the YEA’s CEO, Justin Kodua, also endorsed the document.

The signing, which took place at the headquarters of the Forestry Commission in Accra, had staff of both the Forestry Commission and the YEA in attendance.

Per the agreement, the YEA will commit about 44 million cedis, whilst the Forestry Commission also commits 60 million cedis towards the remuneration of the beneficiaries.

The employment is expected to span a period of two years, and will come with a monthly remuneration of Ghc400.

Speaking to Citi News, Forestry Commission CEO, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, said ‘They are going to be engaged in farming and the forest areas that we have earmarked on [populace management], others are going to be in reforestation and so and so forth. We are employing the youth; the essence is the youth because the job involves people who are a little bit stronger which is why the YEA is partnering us. After the two years, we are going to ensure that they have permanent jobs.”

“The graduates would be used for monitoring and [other tasks], but majority of those who are going to be employed would be employed on the farms. So we are going to give hope to the people who otherwise do not have certificates that people are asking them to bring here and there. When they are employed, we will give them orientation,” he added.