Motorized tricycles to improve rural transportation (Ghana)

At least 1,000 youth from the Volta Region are to acquire tricycle riding skills in a new scheme called Rural Transportation Model under the National Youth Employment Programme (NYEP).

After training, each would be supplied with an engine powered tricycle to operate commercially, pay off the cost and own the cycle.

Mr Harrison Zinanu, the Volta Regional Coordinator of the Asongtaba Cottage Industries, an agency working for the technical empowerment of the youth and in partnership with the NYEP, said the scheme would provide jobs to the youth and enhance rural transportation.

He was speaking at the presentation of sewing machines and accessories to 39 youths who passed out after training in dress making under the NYEP in the Ketu North District at Dzodze.

Mr Zinanu said the first batch of 696 dressmaking trainees have been presented with sewing machines in the region while 2,439 others are also being trained in dressmaking while 1,039 others were being trained in hairdressing.

Mr Lawson Kofi, the Ketu North District Chief Executive, said the government was on course in providing for the people, adding that 78 projects including 35 school infrastructure jobs are being executed in the District while 130 communities have been hooked to the national power grid.

Mr Jacob Agbenuzah, Ketu North District NYEP Coordinator, said 713 youths have so far benefited under the scheme but expressed regret at the lack of interest among young men in the training schemes of the NYEP.

He said out of the 240 youth receiving training in the second batch dressmaking model in the area only 30 are boys.


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