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Upper East Regional Association of Garages urges young people to take up artisanal work

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The Bolgatanga Municipal Branch of the Ghana National Association of Garages (GNAG) has called on young people in the municipality to take up artisanal work seriously and pursue it as a career along with their formal education.

According to the association, artisanal work has become the order of the day with available opportunities in other areas, and young people in the municipality must show all seriousness to acquire the skills.

The vice president of the association, Seidu Akurugu, noted that “young people in the municipality are too lazy to learn mechanical work” adding that “we as mechanics are enjoying the fruit of it because it is a good job”.

He also bemoaned that ladies in the region have not shown any interest in learning mechanic work, as is experienced in the southern sector.

Mr. Akurugu revealed this when he appeared on A1 Radio’s Daybreak Upper East show with Mark Smith following the handover of the Bolgatanga mechanical enclave to the Municipal Assembly for onward usage by the Garages Association.

The association expressed excitement over the completion of the mechanical enclave, adding that it is ready to move into the enclave within the shortest possible time despite a few concerns, which they would table before authorities after fully assessing the facility.

It includes, auto mechanics, auto electricians, auto welders, and motorcycle mechanics, among others

The  assistant secretary of the Association, Edmund Kolbil, stated that since everyone would now be working in the same enclave, it would help regulate their work and assure professionalism.

“Sometimes apprentices or somebody else would just go and sit somewhere and say he is a mechanic, and because we can’t know all of them, they paint our names black because once somebody sends his car to them and they spoil it, then the person will say we are all like that,” he noted.

The project formed part of a World Bank facility for 42 municipalities across the country, of which Bawku and the Bolgatanga Municipalities are beneficiaries. It aimed to create jobs as part of the Ghana Secondary Cities project.

Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Gilbert Azeem Tiroog|Ghana

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