Mr. Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, has disclosed that about 68,000 persons had so far benefitted from the Local Enterprises and Skills Development (LESDEP) programme, which is an initiative of the government.
According to him, LESDEP came in to help provide start-up funding for Ghanaians who under-go training in mobile phone repairs, hair dressing, and dress-making among others.
He said he had personally presented items, ranging from computers, sewing machines, knitting machines, tricycles, hair dressing equipments and over-locking machines among others to LESDEP trainees in other parts of the country.
Mr. Ofosu Ampofo made the disclosure when he presented some equipment to 24 persons who received training under the LESDEP programme at Tema over the weekend.
He advised the beneficiaries to handle the equipments very well, as they would be paying back to help expand the programme, to allow more people to benefit.
The Local Government Minister continued that the beneficiaries should develop good human relations, which would help them attract more clients at all times.
Out of the 24, two were presented with computers and its accessories, 12 with sewing machines, two knitting machines, two tricycles and eight hair dressing equipment.
Speaking at the function, Rev. Daniel Ensior, Tema Metro Coordinator for LESDEP, said so far, about 190 persons had enrolled and been trained under the programme, but only 24 were fortunate to be presented with their equipment to start work.
He said the rest of them had been grouped in batches and would be presented with their equipment in the coming weeks.
He appealed to the beneficiaries to be good ambassadors of the programme, by ensuring that they pay the costs of the equipment which have been given to them, so that others who are yet to benefit from the programme would not have a difficult time getting their equipment.