Ahafo Regional Minister Outlined Steps to Tackle Youth Unemployment Challenges
By Christopher Tetteh, Goaso (A/R), May 8, 2021
Mr. George Boakye, the Ahafo Regional Minister has declared his intention and commitment to solve youth unemployment challenges with accelerated skills training programs, educational opportunities and other packages.
The Minister noted higher institutional learning accessibility and skills training opportunities for young men and women including teenage single parents were some major interventions to clamp down unemployment in the country.
Mr. Boakye therefore said plans were far advance to engage Mastercraft men to train young ones in the Region in all areas of their choices for them to become potentially self employed individuals who can also offer employment to others.
He revealed this during a courtesy call paid on him by leaderships of ‘Youth Development Hubs’ in the Bono, Bono East and Ahafo Regions.
Mr. Boakye explained the entrepreneurial skills training program would take off by September this year and costs of services for the trainees would be taken care of in addition to feedings and transportation fees for the trainees.
On tourism, he said many tourist sites worth developing have been identified in the Ahafo region therefore, would soon discuss with the Assemblies and the District Chief Executives for them to gather resources to develop those tourists sites to also serve as employments and job opportunities for many people.
Touching on education, the Minister said discussions were underway to secure scholarships for graduates to further their educations Abroad as well as ensuring the Assemblies sponsor Senior High School graduates yearly to get the chance to nursing and teacher training colleges in the Ahafo Region.
The courtesy call on the Minister was first visit to all regional Ministers of the Bono, Bono East and Ahafo Regions to congratulate them.
Mr. Emanuel Marfo, Co-Founder and the President of GrassRoot Hub and Phinklife Institute, who led the team said the visit was mainly to discuss ideas and concrete solutions to create jobs for the teaming youth and build sustainable local economy.
The Hubs were GrassRoot, Suncity and Women in Arts, Tourism and Hospitality (WATH) Hubs based in Sunyani, Phinklife Institute in Goaso and Agrico Hub also in Techiman.
According to Mr. Marfo, the Hubs aimed at collaborating with key stakeholders such as Chiefs and public officials to effectively build the communities through incubating of innovative ideas of young men and women to become successful entrepreneurs.
He added the Hubs were also to guide entrepreneurs and local businesses to adopt the use of digital technology space for improvement in their endeavours.