Hon. Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije, Former Mayor of the Greater Accra region and Member of Parliament for Ablekuma South Constituency, has called on the government to establish more Skills Development Centers for the youths of the country to benefit, by improving their skills to assist in self development as well as national development, whiles it create jobs for the unemployed.
He indicated that “the time has come for us as a nation to begin to budget for skills development training, where we will set aside some fund and give it to students who have proven to be responsible enough to establish something small which will also offer employment to others”.
“It is my hope and my appeal to the government that we should open several skill development centers in this country, so that our youths can take advantage of it to develop their skills and also support them with establishment for them to be able to make a living for themselves”.
Hon. Okoe Vanderpuije made this appeal in an interview with http://www.newslinegh.com, at the 2nd graduation ceremony of the Tsentse Skills Development Training Center.
“In these times when we have several of our youths who have no employment, I deem it necessary that I should contribute to the creation of employments for the youths of Ablekuma South”. He said.
According to him, his desire to provide jobs for the youths of Ablekuma South and to also better the lives of his constituents, informed the need for him to establish a skill development center where the youths can enroll and be expose to a high level skills training to acquire some skills and be able to be on their own.
In collaboration with Robert Aryee Memorial Center of Excellence, the 2nd edition of Tsentse Skills Development Center, successfully graduated 56 young ladies in various level of training, which includes hairdressing, Interior decoration, sewing, catering and other related skills.
“So far, we have graduated 106. Last year, we graduated 60 students and this time, it’s 56 graduates. So the number is growing.
We have done our part for them to acquire the requisite training, it is now for the parents, churches and the community to believe in them that they can make something for themselves”. Hon. Vanderpuije reiterated.
In other to ensure that graduates of the Tsentse Skills Development Center are well established after the Six (6) months intensive training, the Ablekuma South legislator revealed that his center has connections with some Micro financing companies that they introduce the students to, for them to be giving loans to start up their businesses.
“We can only expect that they will go out and do well. The way they came into our center is not the same way they are going out. They going out matured, they are going out with confidence and also going out believing in themselves that they can make a contribution for the development of this nation”. He added.
Below are excerpts of the memorable moments of the Tsentse Skills Development Center…