From William N-lanjerborr Jalulah
THE NATIONAL Youth Employment Programme (NYEP), in conjunction with the Asongtaba Cottage Industry in the Bolgatanga Municipality, has trained 56 women in dressmaking and organised an examination for them.
The beneficiaries have either completed basic education, or have an interest in learning dressmaking or tailoring as a trade.
Speaking to the Upper East File on Friday at the former Circuit Court building where the women undertook their six months training, the Bolgatanga Municipal Coordinator of the NYEP, Mr. Salifu Abdallah, said the beneficiaries were recruited by the NYEP with Asongtaba as a partner.
He said the beneficiaries were given a common question to answer in the examination. Each beneficiary would receive a sewing machine, with micro finance support to help them set up their own shops.
According to Mr. Abdallah, the NYEP would also continue to monitor them to ensure that the beneficiaries settle before they will be fully exited.
He said though the trade and vocation module used to be part of the NYEP, not much attention was given to this module. Basket weaving, mobile phones and computers repairs and maintenance under rlg Communication have also been added.
He was hopeful that the move would not only help reduce poverty, but also reduce the number of young ladies who migrate to the south to look for non-existing jobs.
Mr. Abdallah praised the Member of Parliament (MP) for Bolgatanga Constituency, Opam-Brown Akulbire, and the National Coordinator of the NYEP, Abuga Pele, for supporting the beneficiaries with food during their training.
He announced that a similar training was underway in the seven remaining districts, and the Bawku Municipality.
Mr. Tindana Kubilla, Project Officer of Asongtaba Cottage Industry and Exchange Programme, said his outfit plays a supervisory role over the entire training programme throughout the region.
The Course Prefect, Madam Gifty Ayine, who was full of praise to the NYEP and its partner, said at first, she was in Kumasi doing nothing until she joined the training programme. According to her, the training would empower her stay, work, and take care of her children.
A trainer of the course, Madam Hawa Mohammed, said during early stages of the course some trainees had it tough, but as time went by they picked up.