The Local Enterprises and Skills Development Programme (LESDEP) is aimed at creating sustainable business in local skills such as hairdressing and beauty care, fashion design and dressmaking.

Ninety four (94) trainees under the programme who underwent a refresher course in the above mentioned modules received start-up kits in their various categories for immediate employment.

Some of the start-up kits included beauty care machines, motorbikes, barbering kits, mobile phone repair kits, different types of sewing machines and embroidery machines, crockery and gas cylinders as well as gas operated baking ovens and three-wheel vehicles.

The graduation ceremony took place at Kumawu, the capital of Sekyere Afram Plains District in the Ashanti Region.

Beneficiaries from the Sekyere East District also graduated successfully from the programme.

The Minister of Finance, Dr Kwabena Duffour, who was present at the ceremony assured the youth that empowerment of the youth, poverty alleviation and jobs for the people is prominent in the developmental plan of the government and hopes that by 2015, LESDEP will become a household name in the country.

He encouraged beneficiaries to be loyal and accountable to LESDEP so that other people can also benefit from the programme.

The LESDEP National Coordinator, Mr Gariba, also stressed that the graduation ceremonies are taking place all over the country.

He urged the youth who have skills in the various modules but lack start-up capital to walk into any LESDEP district or sub-metro offices and register to be trained and emerge as beneficiaries of the programme.

Communications Manager of LESDEP, Mr Gilbert Abeiku Aggrey, mentioned that beneficiaries should make good use of the training and equipments received to benefit themselves, their families, the community and the country as a whole.

Other modules include transport services, mobile phone repairs, ICT training, barbering, agriculture, agro-food processing and packaging and catering.

The youth of Ghana are considered as strategic human resource essential for the development of the country and the government of Ghana has shown enough commitment to invest in the empowerment of the youth for a ‘Better Ghana’ which prominently features in the agenda of the Mills-led administration.

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