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Trainees urged establish businesses

2008-08-30 22:24:33
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Beneficiaries of skills training programmes have been urged to be innovative by establishing their own businesses before seeking for loans from banking institutions.

They have also been advised to form cooperatives to brighten their chances of accessing loans from the banks, since as individuals it would be very difficult for them to obtain such assistance.

The Northern Regional Director of the Department of Women, Mr. Zakaria-Saa Patrick Seidu made the call at the third graduation ceremony of 40 young caters and hair dressers, in Tamale.

The United Nations Fund for Children’s Activities (UNICEF), funded the training programme while the Assemblies of God Relief and Development Services (AGREDS)-Ghana gave the training.

Mr. Seidu expressed regret that out of 100 apprentices who wereexpected to attend the skills training programme, only 40 of them successfully completed the programme.

He asked the granduads to adopt innovative methods in their work to attract customers.

The Program Coordinator of AGREDS-Ghana, Mr. Chrys Anabsaid since 1991, the group had being contributing to the socio-economic development of the country, especially in Northern part of Ghana were about 80 per cent of its programs were based.

He said AGREDS-Ghana in partnership with communities and other agencies collaborated efforts in finding sustainable solutions to hunger, poverty, illiteracy, exploitation and disease.

Mr. Anab said AGREDS-Ghana had among other things supported in peace building and conflict transformation initiatives, support Persons Living with HIV/AIDS and assisted children from deprived families and communities to have access to education, good nutrition and health care.

AGREDS-Ghana has over the years also provided emergency relief and rehabilitation services to refugees and displaced persons as a result of natural disasters and given employable skills training to young women.

Mr. Anab commended UNICEF for its supporting the training of the young women who otherwise would have migrated to the Southern part of the country to engage in menial jobs.

The UNICEF Health and Nutrition Officer-in-charge of the Upper West, Upper East and Northern Regions, Mrs. Felicia Mahama urged the graduands not to wait for huge financial support from the banks to start their businesses but commence with little capital.

She observed that the Tamale Metropolis was fast growing and urged the beneficiaries of skills training programmes to take advantage of the large market there and set up their own business.


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