Vice President Launched Youth Development Skills and Job Creation Program in Ahafo
Goaso, November 23, 2022
A youth development skills and job creation program has been launched at Goaso, the Ahafo regional capital for employable skills training in the region.
Dr. Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia jointly launched the program with the Regional Minister, Mr. George Boakye and the Omanhene of Goaso Traditional Area, Nana Kwasi Bosompra I.
The program under the theme: “Promoting Youth Employment through employable skills training and entrepreneurship” was initiated by Mr. George Boakye with supported from the Newmont Ahafo mines and GIZ Ghana.
It’s a regional led program aimed at creating direct employment for 1200 youth to help reduce unemployment in the Ahafo area.
Newmont supported the program with GHc1 million for the procurement of training equipment and start up tools for beneficiaries in welding and fabrication, barbaring, fashion, hair dressing, bakery, masonry and wood technology, vulganizing, general spraying, auto mechanics and others.
An amount of GHc25,000 cheque has also been been received by the MDCEs of each District and Municipality of the region to support the trainees in their various trade.
Dr. Bawumia observed that 72 per cent of the Ghanaian population are youth below 35 years and was optimistic the program would help reduce the unemployment burden on the nation.
The government under the leadership of Nana Akuffo-Addo is committed to making Technical, Vocational Education Training (TVET) a priority for self employment and pledged government support for the project to motivate and make the youth capable of employing others.
In his welcome address, Mr. Boakye said each District of the region has 200 beneficiaries of the program to revamp TVET skills and help improve their basic livelihoods.
This he said was to make the beneficiaries entrepreneural minded and desist from illegal chainsawing and illegal mining activities so that they can contribute meaningfully to the development of the region and the nation at large.
Nana Kwasi Bosompra I, the Omanhene of Goaso Traditional Area urged the MDCEs to ensure the items are given to the needed people who’s names are listed and not for party children and advised the beneficiaries to use the equipment for the intended purposes.