The National Board for Small Scale Industries (NBSSI), together with its local chapter, the Business Advisory Centre (BAC), has presented welding equipment to four apprentices who have graduated from local welding shops at Kintampo.
The equipment, valued at GH¢1,730 each, comprised welding machines, drilling machines, saw frames and saw blades.
The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for the Kintampo North Municipality, Mr. Michael Sarkodie Baffoe, admonished the beneficiaries to put the equipment to good use, and reminded them on the impact of the Akufo-Addo-led government on their lives.
He lauded the beneficiaries for their steadfastness, endurance and dedication to learning their chosen trade of welding. He spoke against the youth who abuse drugs such as tramadol.
Mr. Sarkodie also advised the youth not to sell off the equipment, but rather put them to good use and ensure proper maintenance to increase their life spans.
The MCE asked the beneficiaries to pay their taxes once they roll out their businesses to the benefit the assembly.
The Director of the Kintampo North Business Advisory Centre (BAC), Mr. John Hammond, said the beneficiaries were drawn from local artisans who solicited the support of the center. According to him, they were taken through training in financial management, as well as occupational health and safety.
Mr. Hammond indicated that the presentations were part of the Rural Enterprises Programme, and called for the rebranding of the Association for Small Scale Industries (ASSI), the mother association for all local artisans.
The beneficiaries thanked the government (MCE), Municipal Assembly, and the Business Advisory Centre (BAC) for the kind gesture, and promised to put the equipment to good use to benefit them, their households, and communities.