The District Chief Executive (DCE) for Sunyani West in the Bono Region, Mr. Martin Obeng, has advised the youth to take advantage of all job creating opportunities to acquire employable skills.
He noted that this will make them have competitive edge in the job market.
Mr. Obeng was speaking at a community durbar, organised by the District Assembly in collaboration with Sustainable Mission AID International (SMAID), a non-governmental organisation (NGO) that is operating in the district in the area of governance.
He observed that the acquisition of employable skills by the youth will reduce youth unemployment in the district.
The durbar afforded the public the opportunity to assess the performance of the Sunyani West District Assembly, from 2017 to date, and also allow the assembly to highlight its achievements since 2017.
Mr. Obeng urged the youth to make good use of the opportunities created by NGOs operating in the district.
Apart from SMAID, he cited the Sustainable Livelihood and Transparent Local Authorities (SLATLA), and said their programme seeks to provide employment to people in the informal sector, especially women, youth and people living with disability.
According to the DCE, the organisation has trained the youth in tilling, plumbing, vegetable, mushroom, grasscutter and poultry feed production. He added that over 596 people have benefited from the training so far.
The Queenmother of Odomase No. 1 Traditional Area, Nana Abena Boatemaa I, who chaired the function, thanked the District Assembly and SMAid for providing such a platform for them through which they could assess the performance of the assembly.
The Coordinator of SMAID, Mr. Asante Gilbert, said the operation of SMAID is geared towards improving Local Government Accountability Mechanisms Projects (ILGAM), and to strengthen citizens’ oversight responsibilities of capital development projects to improve governance, transparency, accountability
He also indicated that “the main objective of the project is expected to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16, which seeks to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all, and build effective accountability and inclusive oversight responsibilities of capital development projects to improve local government transparency, accountability, and performance.”
Mr. Asante also indicated that the project is being implemented by Sustainable Mission Aid (SMAid) International, formerly MAP International Ghana, in three selected districts in the Bono and Ahafo regions, namely, Sunyani West, Asutifi South and Asunafo South.