The Member of Parliament (MP) for the Sunyani West Constituency in the Bono Region, Ignatuis Baffour Awuah, has presented a 24-seater brand new Dodge Sprinter bus to the constituency.
Presenting the bus to the constituency executives at a short ceremony in Nsoatre, Baffour Awuah said the vehicle will be use for party related activities and other commercial purposes to cater for the financial needs of the party.
The Constituency Chairman, Mr Kusi Boadu, on behalf of the party, commended the MP for his tremendous efforts for the party in the constituency, and the nation at large, adding that the vehicle will be used for its intended purposes.
In a related development, Ignatuis Baffour Awuah has donated 200 sets of brand-new hair dryers and sewing machines to hairdressers, tailors and dressmakers at Fiapre and Nsoatre in the Sunyani West Constituency.
The hair dryers and sewing machines were presented by the MP and Prof Christopher Ameyaw Akumfi, Board Chairman of the Ghana Infrastructural Investment Fund, at separate durbars.
Addressing the gathering after the presentation, Mr. Baffour Awuah said the gesture was to empower and improve the livelihood of artisans in the area.
He said his outfit, in collaboration with GIZ, a German company, will soon begin a nine-month intensive training for over 400 artisans in various vocations in the constituency, and will be presented with learning materials and start-up kits upon successful completion.
The beneficiary artisans, including hairdressers, seamstresses, masons, as well as plumbers/tilers, would be examined by the National Vocational Training Institute (NVTI), after which they would be given startup capital and shops to commence business.
According to the MP, all these measures are geared towards empowering the people in the area.
Ignatius Baffour Awuah disclosed that the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government would not relent in its efforts to provide free skills, technical and vocational training to the youth, as it is the surest way of guaranteeing jobs for them.
He noted that the government was providing the avenue for artisans, master craftsmen, those within the informal sector, school leavers, including dropouts, to take advantage of this opportunity and prepare themselves for the world of work.
According to the MP, trends in the global labour market indicate that personnel with skills or vocations are on high demand, therefore, the government had also implemented a number of measures to facilitate the acquisition of employable skills for the youth in the country.
He stressed that the introduction of Free Senior High School (SHS) education was one such measure which ensures access to a minimum of tertiary education for all children, with emphasis on TVET education to make them competitive on the global labour market, as well as move all such institutions under the direct supervision of the Ministry of Education.