The Minister for Business Development, Hon. Ibrahim Mohammed Awal has disclosed that the Kumbungu District in the northern is earmarked to host a ‘Cottage Industry’ where the youth in the region and beyond will be trained in vocational skills to empower them to become entrepreneurs, and thereby reduce the unemployment rate in the country.
Hon. Mohammed Awal made this known on Monday, October 14, 2019, on Day-Two of his week-long working visit in the northern region of Ghana to engage religious leaders, chiefs, opinion leaders and the youth on the numerous policies of the Akufo-Addo led government.
The Business Development Minister addressing the Chief and people of Kumbungu stated the Cottage Industry which forms part of the Youth centered initiatives under the Ministry of Development will be at a cost of GH₵ 300,000.00 and will be established in all the 16 regions of Ghana. He said the Cottage Industry in Kumbungu District will commence by December 2019 with 50 young people and later increase for higher numbers, adding 20 businesses in the area will be supported to expand their businesses.
“One of our initiatives at the Ministry of Business Development is to create a youth-centered business. We are going to set up Cottage Industries in all the regions of Ghana, we starting with seven (7) of them and Kumbungu is certainly one of the places”.
“Each Industry is to set up a business that will engage young people and teach them skills whether in soap making, smock weaving, kente weaving among others to give them jobs. It is not enough for people to finish school without jobs”, the Business Minister revealed.
Speaking to the Media, Hon. Mohammed Awal mentioned the Planting for Food and Jobs initiative, Free Senior High School, Student Entrepreneurship Initiative, One Village-One Dam and Presidential Business Support Programme among others as initiatives of the government aimed at improving the lives of Ghanaians and however admonished all to take advantage of these initiatives and better their lives.