On Thursday 20th October, 2016, the Local Government Service Secretariat (LGSS) played host to representatives of the Youth Employment Agency (YEA) in its premises to discuss and chart a way forward on a proposal by the YEA to the Local Government Service (LGSS)for the deployment of paid interns as a temporary measure to address the staffing shortfall in the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs).
Present at the meeting and representing the LGSS were the Chief Director of the LGSS, Mr. Joseph M. Dasanah, the Director of Human Resource Management, Ms. Petrina Etu-Mantey Parkins, the Public Affairs Officer, Mr. Joseph A. Ankamah and an Assistant Human Resource Manager, Mr. Godfred Boye. The YEA on the other hand was represented by Miss. Anda Iddrisu, Miss. Fredrica B. F. Menson and Mr. Robert Lartey.
The meeting was a follow up on previous meetings held to deliberate on a proposal by the Youth Employment Agency to the LGSS for placement opportunities in the Service for the recruitment and deployment of paid interns as a short term measure to address the staffing challenges being faced by the Service.
The meeting discussed placement opportunities, numbers and category of interns to be recruited. The Chief Director, Mr. Dasanah, indicated that, personnel would be considered for placement in the following job classes namely; Administration, Human Resource Management, Development Planning, Physical Planning, Management Information System (MIS), Engineering, Agriculture (Extension), Revenue, Statistics, Budget and Social Development. Mr. Robert Lartey of the YEA, also indicated that, the Programme would recruit about ten thousand (10,000) interns for deployment to the various job classes mentioned by the Chief Director.
It was reported that a draft advert had been forwarded to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the YEA and would be sent to the media for publication after approval. According to the YEA representatives, applications would be received on regional basis to ensure that interns are recruited and retained in places where they are most needed.