His Excellency the President, John Dramani Mahama, has promised to create 400,000 jobs for the youth through its various models in 2017 under the Youth Employment Agency (YEA).

President Mahama said the youth would also be given entrepreneurial skills and provided with a start-up or seed capital that would accrue from a monthly deduction of GH?50.00 from their monthly stipend of GH?300.00, over their two years of service at YEA.

The President, who was speaking at Techiman in the Brong Ahafo Region as part of his campaign tour of the region, noted that infrastructure which was the foundation for economic development had been laid in his first term of four years and that the next four years would be for economic transformation for livelihood empowerment of which 400,000 more jobs would be created.

He indicated that apart from the Youth Employment Programme, his government would create Farmers’ Services Centres (FSCs) to cater for the welfare of farmers.

He explained that the FSCs would register farmers and give them Identity Cards after which their farms would be measured and their needs provided, adding that each Service Centre would be provided with ten (10) tractors for the needs of the farmers and that after the farming season, the farmers would repay for the materials provided by the Centres and take their profit.

President Mahama disclosed that for his next four years of his administration, the Techiman market would be provided with modern market facilities to promote economic activities in Techiman, Ghana and the African sub-region as a whole.

On health related issues, President Mahama denied claims that the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) was collapsing and indicated that about nine (9) million Ghanaians visited hospitals using the NHIS ID Card to access health in 2008 and that in 2015, 29 million Ghanaians patronized the hospital under the NHIS.

Furthermore, he said, in 2008, hospital visitation cost the NHIS GH?103 million and that over GH?1 billion was spent on hospital visitation in 2015.

He explained that according to the NHIS policy, a new policy or alternative source of funding would be needed to fund the Scheme, after ten years.

The President later launched the campaign for the Member of Parliament (MP) for Techiman South Constituency, Mr Adjei Mensah, and introduced him to the electorate.

Speakers at the campaign launch included the National Democratic Congress (NDC) General Secretary, Mr Johnson Aseidu Nketia, the Regional Minister, Mr Eric Opoku and Clement Boney, a movie actor.

The President was accompanied by top party’s officials, Ministers and Regional Executive officers.

Source: Government of Ghana.