The Municipal Chief Executive for Obuasi, Elijah Adansi-Bonah, on behalf of the government presented start-up kits to over 200 people who have undergone apprenticeship training in Obuasi.
The items included soap processing machine, cassava processing Machine, baking and confectioneries machine and industrial sowing machine.
These programmes, he said, have given hope to those in the ‘Small and Medium Enterprises’ sector.
On the role of the Assembly in the area of skills development and training, the MCE said the Assembly since 2017 has trained between 300 and 400 who have been given start-up kits for a smooth take-off of their businesses.
He said the tools and equipment presented would be given to four communities in the Municipality, namely Mamiriwa, Anyinam, Sanso and Antoboase.
“All these communities have people who have been trained by the Assembly in bakery, soap making, Gari making and other vocations. The training will be extended to the other communities in the Municipality.”
Mr Adansi-Bonah admonished residents of the Municipality to take advantage of the numerous programmes being rolled out by the National Board for Small Scale Industries (NBSSI).
The Director of the NBSSI’s Obuasi office, Kelvin Ofori-Atta, said the tools and equipment distributed as start-up kits will create more direct and indirect jobs in the Municipality.
“They will serve as Common User facilities which will be beneficial to the communities they will be sited.”
Mr. Ofori-Atta thanked the Municipal Chief Executive for the role he has played in developing the skills of the people in the Municipality since assuming office.
Those who have been trained throughout the period, he said, have created jobs for other people too.
YOUNG AFRICA WORKS
The NBSSI Director revealed that the Mastercard Foundation has partnered the NBSSI to come up with an Entrepreneurship Development and Employment programme, which is targeted at young people particularly young women in Ghana.
The partnership, he emphasized, will create employment and income generation opportunities for 39,000 young men and women in Ghana.
He again mentioned the three components of the programme, namely;
• ICE ( Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship)
• A2E ( Apprenticeship to Entrepreneurship)
• MBA (MSME Business Acceleration)
He appealed to Assembly Members to sensitize their people to go online and apply in order to benefit from the programme.
Nathaniel Duncan, Assembly member for Antoboase, on behalf of the beneficiary communities, thanked the Assembly for the gesture and assured that the tools and equipment given them will be put into productive use for the benefit of the communities.