The Ghana Enterprise Agency, the body in charge of the government’s YouStart initiative has indicated that youth numbering over 3,000 in the Upper East Region are expected to benefit from the initiative.
The initiative according to the agency will last for three years with different phases of training among qualified youth.
The Upper East Regional Manager of the Agency, Mr. Bukari Mohammed made this known at a sensitization programme held in Bolgatanga.
“This programme aims to tackle unemployment in the country and the region is not insolation. So, youth between the ages of 18 to 40 are qualified to participate, and of course, are Ghanaians because non-Ghanaians will not be accepted. And our main focus is to, first of all, take the participants through various forms of skills training, and then, when one successfully masters it, a grant will be given to the person. And this person will be monitored based on how he is using the grant on his business. And I must say that people of all walks of life are expected to be part of this initiative.”
The initiative is expected to engage 50,000 youth nationwide with reasonable startup capital with funding from World Bank and other proceeds from the Electronic transaction levy. Already, a whooping amount of Ghc10 billion has been committed.
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