The Network of Women in Growth (NEWIG), Ghana in collaboration with The Rebecca Foundation has provided employable skills training for moiré than one hundred and twenty (120) volunteer women in four (4) districts of the Volta and Greater Accra Regions. The ladies who were drawn from the Central and South Tongu districts in Volta as well as Ada East and West in Greater Accra, have been passed out at a grand and colourful ceremony at Sogakope.
The beneficiaries, most of whom were the youth, underwent a five-day theoretical, practical and assessment training in liquid soap making and detergents production, good customer care traits, marketing as well as product packaging and design. All the trainees have also been awarded a National Vocational Training Institute (NVTI) Proficiency One (1) certificate. Some relatives of the graduands from the four (4) districts were also present for the graduation event which also attracted several dignitaries from all walks of life.
In a speech read for her by the Assistant Project Officer of NEWIG, Ms. Priscilla Jemima Awula Dede Amoah, the Executive Director of NEWIG, Mrs. Mawulawoe Anato-Demelo disclosed that the Network has so far trained more than eight thousand (8,000) women in various communities across the country in several skills training models including beads, textiles, craftsmanship and interior decoration.
According to her, many of such trainees from NEWIG have not only established themselves in their various fields of endeavour but are also contributing their quota to national development. Madam Dumelo thanked the Office of the First Lady and the Rebecca Foundation for their continuous support to NEWIG over the years.
Founder of NEWIG, Madam Mawusi Nudekor Awity said the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo believes so much in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) hence the need to equip the youth with such skills in order to add value to their talents and themselves in addition to ensuring that the President’s vision of moving Ghana Beyond Aid is achieved.
She commended the President for his laudable vision of ensuring and promoting local production of Covid-19 items and materials such as soaps, hand-sanitizers and other detergents thereby strengthening local industries and the economy. Madam Awity used the occasion to remind the trainees of the importance of the NVTI certificate awarded to them, saying it would open up greater doors for them in their chosen careers.
She appealed to Ghanaians to stop patronizing foreign soaps, emphasizing that the methodology used in producing such local soaps are not only the same as that of foreign ones but also approved by the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA).
Deputy Volta Regional Minister, Pastor Johnson Avulete was the Special Guest of Honour. He acknowledged the crucial role of women in national development, adding that the gesture by NEWIG and the First Lady to empower the graduands is highly commendable.
Pastor Avulete said the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo is the only President who has lifted very high the image of Ghana internationally since independence. His contributions to the country’s development, he said are there for all to see. He therefore reminded the graduands to retain the Presdent and the NPP in power, saying the NPP is the only party that can transform Ghana.
Paramount Queenmother of the Mafi Traditional Area, Mama Sename III was the Guest of Honour at the event. She urged the graduands to make good use of the skills and knowledge acquired from the training. She was also grateful to the First Lady, Madam Rebecca Akufo Addo for using her Foundation to support women empowerment and other national efforts across the country.
Mama Sename who is also the Vice President of the Regional Queenmothers’ Association, charged the beneficiaries of the training to use the certificate to work harder and earn a decent living for themselves. She called on them to form smaller groups in order to qualify to access bigger loan facilities from financial institutions including banks to expand and impact their businesses and lives.
The Commissioner for Testing at the NVTI, Mr. John Ocran urged the trainees to value the certificates awarded to them. According to him, such a document can give them opportunities in several public institutions including the security services such as the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS). According to him, almost all Embassies in Ghana have made their Visa requirements NVTI-compliant hence an advantage to have these documents.
There were solidarity messages from the District Chief Executive (DCE) for Ada East, Hon, Sarah Pobee, District Co-ordinating Director for the South Tongu District Assembly (STDA), Mr. Gilbert Enyonam Avemegah as well as the NPP Parliamentary Candidate (PC) for the Sege Constituency, Ms. Eunice Lasi.
A leading Member of the NPP and a former National Executive Committee Member of the Party, Madam Agnes Okudzeto who chaired the function described Mad. Mawusi Nudekor Awity as a redeemer for young women in Ghana, adding ‘we should pray for her everyday’. She described the President as a noble man who is always willing and ready to redeem the country from what she described as the enemy. Madam Okudzeto therefore called on all Ghanaians to vote for him and all PCs for the country’s development.
The dignitaries were later conducted round the products exhibition stand to enable them have a feel of some of the items produced by the graduands.
Credit: Akukorku Media Consult