Mr Michael Asare Yeboah

Mr Michael Asare Yeboah, the Brong Ahafo chairman of the Association of Ghana Industries  who was at the event noted government could do better in the implementation of the 1D1F if it focuses on empowering already existing companies to expand before starting up a completely new factory 

He made this suggestion to KKbPortal at the Brong Ahafo Stakeholder Workshop organized by The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH or GIZ   on Migration and Employment Promotion.

"Some of us have established and sustained our businesses already. All we need is government's support to patronise our products, give us contracts and tax incentives to help us employ more numbers as well as enroll apprentices to help them. Yet government is here giving out huge sums of money to people who do not have experience. Local garments and textile companies are now struggling to survive because of influx of foreign fabrics of which we produce samples of equal or better quality even under the Free Senior High School". He advised.

The Migration and Employment Promotion program born out of the desire of the GIZ to promote entrepreneurship, financial literacy and employment creation for the key population groups thereby creating opportunities for the less privileged in the society to gain entry into mainstream economy.

The MEP targets the youth who are likely to embark on perilous illegal migration as well as repatriated youth from Europe, America, the Gulf countries as well as the North African countries. Civil Society Organizations, traditional leaders ,MMDAS, private entrepreneurs, faith based organizations among others are assembled to discuss possible ways in providing the youth with employable skills. 

Touching on the illegal migration menace, Mr Asare Yeboah who doubles as the CEO of McKenzie Ghana opined voyages to seek greener pastures has been with us since time immemorial but it is erroneous to think one can only make it in a foreign land.

" I started my business right here in Ghana, I produce quality clothes for export and local use. I can't say I am extremely rich but I have what it takes to survive in the country. I have travelled outside the country many times and I still stand the chance to go anytime I prefer, it wasn't rosy in the beginning. Until a clear and safe opportunity for you to travel outside avails itself, you have to start up something prolific. Small beginnings for a better and bigger tomorrow" he admonished the youth. 

Since unemployment is the main catalyst for the irregular migration, Lawyer Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh, the Brong Ahafo Regional Minister reiterated the government's commitment to provide jobs for the good people of Ghana under President Akuffo Addo's regime.

In a speech read on his at the event, he
 revealed an amount of Eleven Million Dollars ($ 11, 000, 000) has been secured from the Ghana Exim Bank for the commencement of work on a brick and tile factory by Rhovanni Royal Ltd in the Tank North Municipal Assembly, one among the numerous factories to be established in the region under the 1D1F policy.

The legal luminary however noted the fertile arable land in the region positions the region on a higher pedestal to benefit from government's Planting for Food and Jobs program.

"In addition, government has heavily subsidized fertilizer and seeds to support our farmers to attain maximum benefits in the PFJ program. Farming is a decent job. We need to encourage our young people to take up farming as a trade of their own. In this regard, I entreat Nananom to make land acquisition especially for farming relatively easy to serve as an incentive yo our young persons in agriculture" he appealed.

Dep Sup. Hayford Boadi of the Migration Information Center  under the Ghana Immigration Service attributed the high menace in the region to peer influence and called on all to help combat the act.

The Immigra

"Prior to the Libya uprising those who sojourned to Libya made fortunes and this propelled others to take suite. Due to lack of employment, many of the youth prefer to place their lives on the gamble decks to seek greener pastures. We are currently embarking on intensive advocacy in churches, mosques, through the media and at social gathering to create awareness in the dangers involved in such voyage. We will therefore call on media houses to help us by discarding  advertisement of some unscrupulous travel and tour agencies that promise people heaven to be taken to some gulf countries of which it is the contrary" he hinted.

The MIC is part of an effort to promote safe and legal migration. It was funded by the European Union through the Ghana Integrated Migration Management Approach (GIMMA) project, which is implemented by IOM and GIS.

Nana Appiah Kusi Brempong II, the paramount chief of Mim traditional who represented the Brong Ahafo Regional House of Chiefs suggested to his colleague traditional leaders to consider using the cost of lands vested to entrepreneurs well as royalties to invest in businesses in their localities to guarantee them a bargaining power for employment opportunities for their youth.

"Amidst the many challenges we go through in manning the affairs of the traditional jurisdiction, it is quite prudent to use our royalties or cost of land to invest in business ventures in our locality. This guarantees us the bargaining power to fight for employment opportunities for our youth. We also have to use our symbol of unity to spur the youth on and develop passion to venture into traditional vocations like farming, fishing, basketry, weaving, pottery etc to help boost our economy and sustain our heritage and beautiful culture" Nana called out.

The program will end on Wednesday, with expectations from participants to providing panacea for the various illegal voyages outside the country from uncertain conditions from other lands.

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