The West Gonja district Assembly in the northern region has on Tuesday 14th August, 2018 presented working tools to some selected youth to help improve their trade and livelihoods, at Damongo.
Presenting the items to the beneficiaries, the District Chief Executive Officer (DCE) for the area, Hon Saeed Muhazu Jibreel said he was overwhelmed by the good idea brought up the Nana Addo led government aimed at reducing the high unemployment menace in the system.
‘These equipment are given out free to deserving people with the right skills to trade . It is done every two years by the Rural Enterprise Program (REP) to help equip the youth to expand their trade and also teach others to help uplift their livelihoods’. he added.
For the time being, only eight of those who qualified for this gesture are benefiting, the rest will receive theirs in the course of the year.
He admonished the beneficiaries to put the equipment into good use for the benefit of all.
He cautioned them not to sell the item under any circumstance and, promised intensive supervision and monitoring for effective and efficient use of the equipment or working tools.
On his part. the District Director of the Business Advisory Center or Rural Enterprise Program (REP), Mr Ewura Alidu stated that the goal of REP is to improve the livelihoods and increase the incomes of rural poor, micro and small entrepreneurs (MSEs).
The development objective according to him is, to increase the number of rural MSEs that generate profit, growth and employment opportunities.
He explained that the office applied for the equipment last year and has taken delivery of eight of them for now and remains hopeful the rest will be received in due course.
The items include Auto Electrical Equipment, Carpentry and Joinery equipment and equipment for Blacksmiths.
He emphasized on the call that supervision and monitoring will be intensive and his outfit has the right to confiscate the the equipment if a beneficiary failed to use them to the benefit of the society.
When quizzed on the criteria use to select the beneficiaries, Mr Ewura said all those with the required skills and are involved in the trade and can train or teach orders, are qualified to receive such support.
And those who have the skills but have not started their own trade due to lack of support or equipment are also qualified to receive the support.
He said said the equipment cost over GHC 10, 000 but was quick to add that the actual cost could be ascertained by the national office.
The Hon Assembly member for Attributo electoral area, Nana Kwame Aboagye, who doubles as the a member of works subcommittee, and Chairman of the NPP for the Damongo constituency, thanked the DCE and the REP for good job done.
He also took the opportunity to clear the air over the role plays in the district.
‘I am here an Assembly Member and not because I am the chairman of NPP. I am a subcommittee member serving on the works subcommittee of the assembly.
So if you see me at any sod cutting ceremony or development related ceremony within the district, don’t think that I am doing so just because of the chairmanship (NPP).
I must add that I do attend some occasions in my capacity as a party chairman, and others as an Assembly member.
I therefore wish to caution my political opponents especially, the NDC to desist from running political commentaries against me anytime they see me at such functions’.
He also added his voice by asking the beneficiaries to take good care of the equipment to help reduce the unemployment rate in the country.
A beneficiary, Sulemana Abukari a.k.a. *Let Them Say*, thanked the DCE and the REP for the gift. He recountered that such gesture was first received under former President Kuffour’s regime. And since then they have not received this support for the past eight years and are very happy for the gesture to us.
He assured the leaders that he and his colleagues will take good care of the equipment so that the society at large will benefit from their expertise.
They spoke to Damongo based community radio, PADFM.
Source: PAD95.1mhz, Damongo