On Wednesday 23rd November 2022, the Vice President Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia launched a youth employment initiative program aimed at creating jobs for over 1,200 young people in the Ahafo Region.
The program which was sponsored by Newmont Ghana Gold Limited (NGGL) and the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) was dubbed “Promoting Youth Employment through Employable Skills Training and Entrepreneurship.”
Speaking at the ceremony held at Goaso, the Ahafo Regional capital, Dr. Bawumia said 72 per cent of the nation’s population were young people below 35 years, and commended the Ahafo Regional Coordinating Council for the initiative.
The Vice President noted “this is the first regional-led youth employment and skills training initiative in the country” and promised the government’s support for the programme to yield positive outcomes.
The Ahafo Regional Minister, Hon. George Yaw Boakye, stated that the program’s implementation would well position the beneficiaries to create jobs for themselves, thereby reducing youth unemployment in the region.
“This would also economically empower young people in welding and fabrication, barbering, fashion design, hair dressing and dressmaking, bakery, masonry, wood technology, vulcanizing, general spraying, and auto mechanics, as well as help to end the region’s issues of illegal mining and logging,” he added.
Mr. Boakye stated that the NGGL Management had set aside GhC1 million for the purchase of training equipment and start-up tools, and he thanked the company for its assistance.
He said an amount of GhC25,000 has been set aside for each of the six MMDAs for the implementation of the programme.
The Goaso Traditional Area’s Paramount Chief, Nana Kwasi Bosompra I, further advised the youth to develop an interest in employable skill training and take advantage of the program.