Citizens of Ho-Dome have as part their Easter festivities launched a development fund to support young people in the periurban community.

The fund would help keep brilliant but needy students in school and support the youth who are undergoing apprenticeship.

Mr George Megbenu, a leading member of the planning committee, told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) that the initiative had become necessary in view of the increasing number of young people from the community who idled in street corners.

Mr Megbenu, therefore, appealed to citizens living outside to help to empower the youth into profitable ventures and appealed to the Ho Municipal Assembly for a youth friendly and an Information Communication Technology (ICT) centre for the community.

Dome is a traditional suburb of Ho, which is highly populated with increasing incidents of teenage pregnancy, and said to have high numbers of school dropouts.

Mr Megbenu complained about how young people spent time at ?solom and pito? drinking bars but expressed the hope that the institution of an annual Easter Homecoming event would ?empower the youth? and prepare them for a better future.

He said some young people had been enrolled in a mentoring programme with a few being given financial and technical support to become entrepreneurs.

The community organised a clean-up exercise, youth forum, musical and sporting activities, for the Easter Festival.

GNA

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