The third batch of 27 people who have been trained to start and manage enterprises in their vocations received kits from the Rural Enterprises Project at Nadowli.
The objective is to ensure that apprentices who complete their training would have basic tools to start their own businesses.
The goal of the project is to reduce poverty and improve the living conditions of the rural poor, especially women and vulnerable groups, through self and wage employment.
Addressing the graduates, Mr. Mohammed Tahiru, Head of the Business Advisory Centre at Nadowli, said micro and small scale enterprises had been recognised as key to the growth of economies.
That is why, he said, the Rural Enterprises Project is part of the government’s programme to contribute to the development of competitive rural, medium and small enterprises in the districts.
Mr. Tahiru said the tools were acquired through the collaborative efforts of the Project and the Nadowli District Assembly with the assembly providing GH¢2,501.98 and the Project contributing GH¢10,007.92.
Mr. Abu K. Kansangbata, Nadowli District Chief Executive, who handed over the items to the beneficiaries, advised them to use the tools to empower themselves economically.
He said the best way to develop the district was for the people to pay their taxes regularly.
He advised the graduates to use their skills to train more young people to create opportunities for others, especially those in the rural communities.
The graduates were trained as bicycle mechanics, radio and television mechanics, general electrical and auto mechanics, barbers, carpenters, blacksmiths, hair dressers and dressmakers.