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PWDs get GhC 200,000 as COVID-19 Business Relief Support in 3 Regions of the North

Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) drawn from the Northern, Savannah and North East Regions, have received GhC 200,000 grant as COVID-19 Business Relief Support.

The PWDs received their funds in a ceremony dubbed; "Financial Inclusion for Entrepreneurs with Disability" in Tamale on Tuesday, September 22, 2020.

The initiative is under the Ministry of Business Development's, National Entrepreneurship Innovation Plan (NEIP) program.

Sector minister, Dr Mohammed Ibrahim Awal revealed the Nana Addo led government is spending GhC 2 million to support the over 1.2 million persons living with disabilities to expand their businesses or trades across the country.

Dr Awal advised the beneficiaries to put the monies to good use, expand their businesses and create employment for others.

Beneficiaries from the three regions, numbering over 300, were grateful for the support and promised to invest the monies into their businesses and trades when they get back home.

The categories of groups that received the funds were, Agriculture, Fashion, Food and Beverages, as well as Trade and Commerce.

Speaking on behalf of the PWDs, Sanatu Nuhu, expressed their profound gratitude to the NPP government. She prayed that Nana Addo-Dankwa Akufo Addo be retained as president in the upcoming December 7 general elections. She also encouraged her colleagues to vote for the NPP Member of Parliament (MP) aspirants in their various constituencies, so they will compliment the good works of the party.

However, government has promised to secure GhC 5 million for the PWDs Business Support Program next year, if they are retained in power come December 7, 2020 general elections of Ghana.

Present at the occasion were, MP for Bunkpurugu Constituency and North East Region, Hon. Solomon Namliit Boar, and Savannah Regional Minister, Hon. Salifu Adam Braimah, MMDCEs, as well as Member of Parliament aspirants of the NPP across the regions.

*Source: The Voiceless Media*
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GH₵10M for Zongo businesses -Operating in northern Ghana – Dr Awal

The government has allocated ¢10m to support Zongo youth entrepreneurs in the five regions of the north, to help scale up their businesses.

The Minister for Business Development, Dr Ibrahim Mohammed Awal disclosed this at the launch of the Zongo Business Initiative in Tamale.
The National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme (NEIP) will hold a training workshop for the participants.
The two-day training programme is aimed to build the capacity of the young entrepreneurs to equip them with the requisite skills to succeed in their businesses.
Dr Awal challenged the youth and elders of Zongo communities to take advantage of the initiative and become successful entrepreneurs.
“Take business very seriously. Go through the training that NEIP will give you; submit your business plans by October/November; we will select the very good ones [and] support those businesses with ¢10m. This is what the president is doing to build Zongo businesses,” he urged.
He underscored the crucial role Zongo communities have played and continue to play in the development of the country.
The Minister implored the people to vote for President Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo in the upcoming elections to sustain the initiative.
“We are trying to build 100 strong businesses in Ghana from next year, and at least 30 of those businesses must belong to Zongos,” he added.
An initiative of the Ministry of Business Development, the programme is being implemented in collaboration with the Ministry of Inner-City and Zongo Development and the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation (KAS), a German political foundation.

Speaking at the launch, the Minister for Inner-City and Zongo Development, Dr Mustapha Abdul-Hamid said the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has always taken the lead in initiating development interventions in the Zongo communities in Ghana.
“No matter much differences of opinion we have, when we all sit down and we reflect on the development of our country, we will all come to the conclusion that there is one political party that any time it comes to power puts in place programmes like this that allow every citizen, no matter where you live, no matter where you were born, no matter your religion, no matter your ethnicity, to benefit from the resources of the country,” he touted.
A representative from the KAS Foundation, Isaac Poku entreated the beneficiaries to make the most out of the initiative.

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Dr. Awal Honoured
The Minister for Business Development Dr. Ibrahim Mohammed Awal has been honoured today 20th August, 2020 by management of the Voiceless media and Consult in a brief ceremony in his office in Accra for his leadership skills, support for humanity and entrepreneurs across the country.
The Managing Director of the Voiceless Media Chief Akilu Sayibu who presented the citation on behalf of his team explained that, Dr. Awal has selflessly contributed to the development of young entrepreneurs and the time has come for him to be acknowledged, honoured and recognized for his huge contributions to the society and to entrepreneurs in Ghana.
‘It is not every Minister who will be working as a minister and will also think of giving back to the society. When we look at all the things you have done and continue to do, it cannot be in the darkness, they should be in the light and people should know what you are doing’, Chief Akilu added.
He stated for instance, the numerous times that Dr. Awal has paid School fees of many youth and medical bills for the sick and created several jobs opportunities for people.
Dr. Awal in return thanked the group for honouring him and added that ‘I can only thank you for the award and to reassure you that this will urge and ginger me to do more not only for entrepreneurs but majority of these services in terms of health and education’.
The group also secured a Ghȼ100,000.00 personal accident insurance from GLICO Insurance Company for the sector Minister which takes effect immediately.
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