Trainees In Soap Making And Cassava Processing Get Start-Up …
Asutifi North District Assembly(ANDA) in collaboration with the National Board of Small Scale Industries(NBSSI) and Rural Enterprises Programme(REP) on behalf of the government has distributed start-up kits worth thousands of cedis to some trainees in soap making and cassava processing to enhance their businesses.
The start-up kits presented by the District Chief Executive(DCE) under the supervision of the Regional Manager of NBSSI for Ahafo and Bono East include stainless steel cassava crater, double screw press, soap cutting machine, hydrometer and bags of caustic soda.
Addressing the beneficiaries, the DCE for Asutifi North, Mr. Anthony Mensah, explained that it is the mandate of the government headed by President Nana Addo to provide items to people who complete skill training at the various assemblies after they have been endorsed by the Business Advisory Center(BAC) to ensure that their living conditions become better.
He urged the beneficiaries to make good use of the items to encourage others especially the youth who have nothing to do to be part of the initiative managed and supervised by the BAC at all assemblies in the country which will reduce the unemployment situation in which the government is trying to curb it.
He stated the assembly selected them out the numerous trainees who were engaged in all kinds of crafts because per its investigation and assessment they have started putting what they learned into practice to make small sales despite them not finding it easy to purchase the items for the work.
According to the DCE, before the government gives such items to trainees it ensures that the people in question to benefit are serious and have to take a step already.
Mr. Anthony Mensah said the government is ready to assist people irrespective of educational background and where one finds him or herself so the youth must take advantage of it to learn a trade which will easily fetch them monies. He added the offices of BAC in Ghana are always ready to welcome interested persons and to get the experts to train them in accordance.
The Regional Manager of NBSSI for Ahafo and Bono East, Mr. Kwasi Abayie Acheampong, said gradually the government will supply start-up kits to serious trainees for value for money.
He hinted that the BAC will strictly monitor all the beneficiaries to ensure that the purpose of the items is achieved in order not to cause financial loss to the state.
He disclosed that though the items have been given to the trainees it does not mean the assembly cannot take them back and give to serious ones if the beneficiaries refuse to use them as expected for gains on their side, the assembly, region, and nation as a whole. Once they use the items to work sure they will make a profit and pay their taxes to the assembly for development.
The beneficiaries thanked the government for distributing such items to them to boost their work. They explained that though work has begun their major challenge was how to get standard items to produce their products on large scale and to compete in the market but now that the government has adhered to their call they are promising the district to work efficiently to serve as motivation to others.
They appealed to the government to supply the trainees with the start-up kits on time to save them some capital and also it should increase the number of items for the trainees.
From Sammy Asare, Ahafo Kenyasi.