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The three-year fully sponsored apprenticeship training programme is aimed at equipping the young women who are teenage mothers and school dropouts mainly from Agyan, Akonu, Domunli and Axim, all fishing communities to learn the trade of tailoring and hairdressing.
Speaking at a mini durbar to inaugurate the beneficiaries at Axim, Nana Osei Nkwantabisa, who initiator the project commend all for their support and the benevolence of sponsors especially Lou Moon Lodge Hotel, Axim, Futuro Per Tutti, an Italian based NGO, Tullow Ghana Ltd, Jacqueline Adomako Foundation and Fameyeh Consult Ltd for their commitment towards helping the vulnerable in the society.
He charged the beneficiaries to remain focus to the new opportunity given to them since it will help them to become independent and useful to the society, adding that they must ensure self-discipline and accord their instructors the utmost respect throughout their three-year apprenticeship programme.
“We will like to assure that such similar projects would be extended to the hinterlands under the traditional area to help build up the skills of our people”
The Chairman for the occasion, Nana Kwaw Tendinli III, the Acting Paramount Chief of Upper Axim Traditional Area lauded the initiative and admonished the beneficiaries to put the opportunity given to them into good use.
He called on other stakeholders and corporate organizations in the region to consider supporting traditional authorities in building the capacities of the youth to help alleviate poverty and create jobs.
On his part, Mr. Paul Ramlot, CEO of Lou Moon Lodge Hotel, Axim and headline sponsors of the project reiterated his continuous partnership and support to the traditional authority to help build the capacity of the youth and help improve the living standards of the people, especially along their catchment area.
He advised the beneficiaries to take their apprenticeship training seriously so that they become professionals in their endeavors.
The country representative of Futuro Per Tutti, Italy, Enrico Biasutti whose speech was read on his behalf expressed his delight in supporting the needy young women to learn a vocation to enable them to become resourceful in the society.
“ Futuro Per Tutti was happy to have supported the Axim Government Hospital and other fifteen (15) health facilities with hospital beds and other medical equipment as well as educational materials to schools in 2018”
The Divisional Chief of Otupai in the Lower Axim Traditional Area, Nana Awuza III admonished the young women to be mindful and avoid bad friends especially men who might lure them into bed hence backsliding.
He urged the Tailors and Hairdressers Association of Axim to ensure that the beneficiaries are given the best training to enable them to become good ambassadors after their training.
Source: Office of Lower Axim Nkosuohene