The 2020 Flagbearer and Leader of the National Democratic Congress NDC has promised to establish a training centre at the Wa for the Magazine workers to promote skills training for the youth.
This he said will be done under a programme dubbed “the National Apprenticeship Programme” which will register all master craftsmen and women all over the country for them to pass on their skills to the youth interested in acquiring similar skills.
Former President Mahama who gave the promise when he met workers at the site during his four-day campaign tour of the Upper West Region noted that many of the youth who came to learn the skills often found it difficult to pay their fees.
According to him it often resulted in them moving down south to engage in menial jobs to be able to raise the money in order to come back and pay for their training.
“We will finance the apprenticeship fees for 200,000 young people and provide them with the tools that they need to be able to open their own workshops”, he said.
Former President Mahama also noted that the next NDC administration will create a small credit scheme to enable the master craftsmen have access to such funds to buy modern machines to provide effective services.
The Leader of the NDC for the 2020 Elections also hinted that they would also make technical and vocation training free up to the tertiary level for the master craftsmen who wished to go back to school to acquire more skills.
“We will integrate modern automobile training into the programmes of these technical and vocational training schools to improve their skills”, he said.
Responding to some other concerns raised by Mr Abdulai Ahmed, the Secretary to the Wa ‘Magazine’ Workers Association, former President Mahama said a new administration of the NDC will work with them to re-engineer the place by properly demarcating the roads, drainage system and the various workshops to create an enabling environment for them to work.
He appealed to them to vote the NDC back to power come December 7, to enable it continue to implement the good programmes and policies to improve on the standard of living of Ghanaians.