The Central Regional Minister, Hon Justina Marigold Assan says startup kits from Ghana Enterprises Agency (GEA) in collaboration with Mastercard Foundation Young Africa Work to beneficiaries who successfully completed their apprenticeship program will help reduce teenage pregnancy and poverty rate in the Central region.
This comes at the backdrop of some beneficiaries who have received a six-month training in Dressmaking, Hairdressing, Barbering, Leather Works, Auto Electricals, Welding & Fabrication among others are being provided with the necessary tools to enable them to start their business.
According to her, statistics from Ghana Health Service indicate that Central Region recorded a total of three thousand one hundred and ninety-eight (3,198) teen pregnancies from January to May this year.
She said drivers, farmers, and teachers continued to be the group of men who are impregnating the teens according to the report.
Hon. Justina Marigold Assan describes the situation as ‘very pathetic’ and she believes startup kits from GEA/Mastercard Foundation is one of the pragmatic measures to curb such conditions.
In an interview with Kingdom FM Accra Morning Show Producing, Kofi Nkansah, Madam Marigold said she is very pleased with the kits given to the graduates who partook in the apprenticeship program, because, some learned a handiwork but could not start their own business because they had no equipment or the items.
She called on the graduates to utilize the machines or the materials given to them to start their business.
Madam Marigold added that perception about Central region being the poorest region in ghana will change due to government’s empowerment through GEA/Mastercard Foundation.
She again urged the graduates to be faithful and time conscious in their business in order to get more customers.
Meanwhile, the Municipal Chief Executive Officer (MCE) for Agona West Hon. Evans Addison Coleman said the initiative will alleviate poverty in the district.
He said about 60% of Ghana’s population is the youth yet helpless in the society because of unemployment.
Hon. Evans Addison assured that the assembly will monitor the items given to graduates to start their businesses.
So far, GEA/Mastercard Foundation has presented startup kits to the people in Ashanti region, Greater Accra region and Central region.
Some will be replicated at Savanna region, Bono, Ahafo and Bono East region respectively.