The member of Parliament for Tarkwa Nsuaem Constituency in the Western Region on Easter Monday launched an apprenticeship fund to train a new generation of practitioners who would learn crafts from skilled Masters in the field .
A quantity of apprenticeship equipment were donated by the MP to the youth of his constituency to improve their standard of living and decrease the dependency ratio.
The equipment worth thousands of Ghana Cedis included hair dryers, tonging machines, straightening machines, steaming machines, sewing machines etc.
The MP disclosed that a seed money of 100,000 Ghana Cedis has been injected into the fund to support the smooth implementation of the program.
Leaders of the various identifiable groups in the constituency like the Tailor’s Association, leaders of garages, Hairdressers’ Association etc attended the ceremony in their numbers
Presenting the items to the first 200 beneficiaries,the member of parliament for Tarkwa Nsuaem Honourable Mireku Duker said it is estimated that about 40% of skilled masters in the vocation segment of Ghana’s population will retire over the next ten to fifteen years so there is an urgent need for them to be replaced.
He said the program is expected to create many opportunities for young people in his constituency.
As part of his efforts to alleviate poverty and decrease the plight of his people, the MP said more donations will follow soon.
Receiving the items, the overwhelmed youth beneficiaries commended the MP for his service to humanity. They said the donation had come at the right time since they were in dire need of such equipment to learn vocational skills.
They promised that they would put the equipment into good use to serve as an inspiration for others to venture into vocational skills.
The program, organized at Tarkwa Goldfields Club House was chaired by the Nsafoa Hene of Wasa Fiase Traditional Council.