The Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Development Agency (GYEEDA), formerly NYEP, has launched a project in Koforidua, in the Eastern Region, to train and employ some 10,000 youth across the country.
The venture is dubbed the Community Motor Tricycle Project, under the Youth in Community Transport Services and is in partnership with Asongtaba Cottage Industry and Exchange Programme (ACI&EP), a private company which specializes in creating job opportunities for the youth.
The Community Motor Tricycle Project will involve the use of purpose-made motor tricycles in the provision of diverse transport services at the community level, except the transport of human beings.
It is also expected to offer solution to critical socio-economic needs such as transportation of farm produce, goods in market areas and water supply in homes among others.
The Director of Human Resource at GYEEDA, Selassie Attipoe who read a speech on behalf of the Executive Director, Abuga Pele described the project as another effort by government to find sustainable job opportunities for her active youth who for unfortunate reasons many continue to dream of the day they will earn their own incomes.
He said the Youth in Community Transport Services is borne out of the commitment by both Private and Public Sector interest to create the platform to support sustainable self employment ventures for Ghanaian youth at the Community level.
He assured the youth that the programme will bring onboard practical hands-on skills development and business setups that have corresponding demands at both the urban and rural settings.
The Executive Director of Asongtaba, Henry Kangah praised GYEEDA for reposing confidence in ACI&EP.
He said training of beneficiaries for the project is expected to last for six months and will equip beneficiaries in motor tricycle repairs, maintenance and assembling. Beneficiaries will also be employed in the repair and maintenance aspect of the project.
Mr. Kangah announced that each region will train 1,000 beneficiaries bringing the total number of beneficiaries to 10,000.
He said ACI&EP also intends establishing an ultramodern motor tricycle assembling plant to assemble motor tricycles locally. This will also provide permanent employment for some additional five thousand (5,000) Ghanaian youth.
"These we believe will go a long way in ensuring that greater number of our youth is economically engaged so as to contribute meaningfully to the homes and communities where they live" he added.
He advised the youth to take advantage of the opportunity and help GYEEDA achieve its desired goals.