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Ghana: NYA set to establish industrial hubs to provide employment for youth

CEO of NYA flanked by two deputies

SOURCE: MyJoyonline- The National Youth Authority is set to establish key industrial hubs across the country to provide jobs to the youth who take part in the skills training programme under the Authority's youth training modules.

In the Ashanti Region, the Authority will set up the shoe making industrial hub, whilst an ICT hub will be established in Accra. Several other hubs in other regions will be created according to the resource potential and competitive advantage of the region.

These were revealed to by the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the National Youth Authority Richard Obeng shortly after a youth rally in Kumasi.

Mr Obeng noted the industrial hub concept is a new addition to the training modules to provide ready jobs to the youth who have been trained by the Authority.

He explained that whilst some of the youth trained under the various modules are willing to establish their own businesses after the training, others, due to various reasons would still want to stay on.

Such category of persons will be sent to the industrial hubs, Mr Obeng stated, adding, for those who are willing to set themselves up will be given some logistical and financial support to do so.

Mr. Richard Obeng

Asked if these industrial hubs have anything to do with government's one district, one factory project, the Deputy CEO of the Youth Authority said their industrial hubs are just to complement government's efforts but are to be executed separately from the flagship policy of government.

The Authority last week registered hundreds of unemployed young people in the Ashanti regional capital Kumasi to begin the skills training programme.

It was preceded by a Livelihood skills and business fair organized in collaboration with the Federation of Professional Trades Association of Ghana (FEPTAG).

The wife of the Vice President Samira Bawumia later addressed a mammoth youth rally attended youth groups in the Ashanti region, entrepreneurs, Members of Parliament, the Deputy Ashanti Regional Minister Elizabeth Agyeman and the Chief Executive of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly Osei Asibe Antwi.