In fulfilment of a campaign promise, the Member of Parliament for Upper West Akim in the Eastern Region, Derek Ohene Bekoe Asifo, has enrolled over 35 young girls for skill trade training as part of social intervention policies to reduce poverty and teenage pregnancy.
The 35 young ladies drawn from Asoukaw-Zongo and Asuokaw-dumase communities within the Constituency were selected on merit by non-partisan team of committee.
They would undergo a two year apprenticeship skilled training free in dressmaking, hair-dressing and other skills which would be of beneficial to them and their parents.
Hon Bekoe Asifo told THE REPUBLIC, this was one of several social intervention policies he embarked upon to alleviate poverty among his people to reduce teenage pregnancy among young girls.
He said, he has also sponsored similar young female of about 35 to enrolled at Asikasu community with apprenticeship fees and accessories for training.
In addition to that, the MP said, he supported about 17 female who graduated on their own with GH₵1,000.00 each as seed capital to enable them to put up something that would help them start working instead of living idly.
Mr Bekoe, who is a former DCE for the area explained that the move was in fulfilment of the promises which he made during the campaign to be elected MP.
He noted that it would go a long way to alleviate youth unemployment by empowering the youth, women, children and assisting in paying school fees for the needy.
“I have put 43 young ladies into learning hairdressing and fashion-designing. I bought sewing machines, hair-dryers, paid their entrance fees and all necessary requirements, and have consistently been visiting them.”
“About 35 of them have been enrolled in Asuokaw, Zongo, my next move would be at Asuokaw Town, and then to other places including Kwawu-Baah and Mepon-Krodua,” Ohene Bekoe said.
While promising to enrol more of the youth, especially female ones, the lawmaker urged parents to take interest in their daughters’ skill trades and provide accommodation and well as providing transportation and upkeep during their two years apprenticeship.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Nyaaba