July 18th , 2024


Edrine Yeboah

A month ago


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A month ago

 John Mahama will connect with Traders and Artisans in Ghana to help the Artisans build a better trade system.

Artisans Association of Ghana (AAG) is a social enterprise that enables sustainable livelihoods for men, women and youth in the informal sector through skill training, upgrading and job matching in the construction industry.

The construction industry has increasingly become important and core to the nation’s economy.

The Association currently operates in Greater Accra, Volta region, Western Region, and Ashanti Region with a goal to expand nationwide. Monitoring & Evaluation is done cocurrently to enable AAG to present the true report on the situation on ground.

According to Bilal Muazu Sulemana, Deputy Director for Traders and Artisans Network, President John Mahama aims to engage with traders and artisans in Ghana to gain insight into what constitutes a vibrant economy for every entrepreneur.

John Mahama plans to connect with dressmakers, hairdressers, barbers, drivers, and other artisans to understand their challenges and brainstorm solutions to improve their quality of life.

In an exclusive interview with Fabea FM's "Me Man Ho Dadwen" with Apiah-Kubi, Bilal emphasized the importance of addressing artisans' challenges and developing effective policies to support them if  John Mahama is re-elected as President in the upocoming general elections.

Meanwhile, he highlighted that the John Mahama's dedication to bolstering the local artisan community, acknowledging their invaluable contributions to the economy is something key and dear to the nation.

Bilal noted that youth unemployment and joblessness are significant socio-economic and political problems in Ghana. He emphasized that connecting to traders and artisans can create economic opportunities for disadvantaged youths.

"The policy aims is to provide skills training in construction trades, entrepreneurship, business development services, mentoring, and encouragement to seize opportunities in non-traditional occupations", he reiterated.

He also disclosed that the national apprenticeship program, ministry of youth and the women development bank proposed by the President John Mahama will be the tool to connect the trades and Artisans.

He added, "The NPP government have been using sloganeering to deceive Ghanaian youth on job creations". The youth are currently still struggling to find jobs because there are no jobs because the NPP government is not focusing on Artisans and it feels like they have been neglected.

He stressed the need to support youths in taking advantage of informal entrepreneurship opportunities to provide market-based and sustainable services through a job-matching system would have helped the youth a lot in millions of ways to get the right potential and skills for their handcraft. 

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