Mr Akwasi Oppong-Ababio, Sunyani Municipal Chief Executive, has called on parents to encourage their children to take part in Government interventions, and train in vocational skills to become self-employed.
He explained that various Government interventions were aimed at helping to solve the unemployment situation in the country.
Mr Oppong-Ababio was speaking at the inauguration of a-GH¢16,000 training centre in Sunyani equipped with tools for training the youth in masonry, carpentry and painting.
He asked Junior High School graduates in the Brong Ahafo Region to enroll at the centre and said: “These are very essential vocations that the youth can learn for their future well-being as it will help to steer them away from engaging in anti-social and unproductive activities”.
Mr John Padmore Kyereme, Regional Director of the Department of Rural Housing under the Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing, asked District and Municipal Assemblies in the region to make land available for the establishment of such training centres.
He explained the training course was in line with the department’s mission statement to implement programmes to provide adequate and decent housing for Ghanaians.
Mr Kyereme said the department also seeks to disseminate creative and innovative research findings in the production and use of improved local building materials, provide on-the-job training in construction skills and facilitate maintenance of rural housing.
Nana Oboama Bofotia Boamponsem 11, Krontihene of Sunyani, advised unemployed youth to take advantage of opportunities provided by the Government to become self-sufficient.