‘Kayayei’ acquire business skills

About 430 youth including female head porters, “Kayayei’ are being trained in entrepreneurial skills at Agbogbloshie, in Accra as part of efforts towards reducing unemployment in the country.

The beneficiaries would be trained between three and nine months in dress making, beads making, carpentry, driving, bag making, electricals and Information Communication Technology among others

The training was under the Ministry of Gender Children and Social Protection (MGCSP) special module.

The Ministry is undertaking the programme in collaboration with the Youth Employment Authority and the Assemblies of God Relief and Development Services (AGREDS-Ghana.

The module seeks to support the less privileged in the society in getting skills to help them contribute their quota to the development of the country.

The sector Minister, Nana Oye Lithur, revealed this during when he visited the AGREDS-Ghana facility, where the beneficiaries were being trained, yesterday.

She said the module under social protection plan, would help alleviate poverty among the youth, adding that the beneficiaries after acquiring skills would undergointernship with other institutions for six months and paid allowances.

The Minister said the Ministry was targeting the Kayayei, truck pusher and persons living with disabilities.

“We are targeting more youth to ensure that they have entrepreneurial skills to help them acquire jobs to earn a living.” she added.

Nana Oye Lithur assured of government continuous support in helping to empower the youth in the country.

The Coordinator of AGREDS life Project, Mr Derrick Amegashie, in an interview with The Ghanaian Times, said 1,200 youth had been trained in entrepreneurial skill since the inception of the project in 1998.

He said the AGREDS collaborate with non-governmental Organisation and the Department of Social Welfare to identify the beneficiaries, who include the vulnerable and the abused in the society.

The Coordinator said beneficiaries would receive capital to set up their own businesses monitored.

 

By Anita Nyarko-Yirenkyi

 

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