Ministry of Inner-Cities and Zongo Development (Mizd)
Ministry of Inner-Cities and Zongo Development (Mizd)

The Ministry of Inner-Cities and Zongo Development in collaboration with the National Board for Small Scale Industries (NBSSI) have trained the Maamobi food vendors to help improve their skills, finance literacy and enhance market access.

The Zongo Cuisine Promotion Programme is a one-week workshop exercise for Zongo Cuisine Operators across the 16 regions in Ghana, which has already covered Adenta, Madina and Sukura, all in the Greater Accra region.

The remaining Zongo communities in the region are yet to be covered.

Speaking to the Ghana News Agency, Mr Mohammed Alhassan, the Director for Policy, Monitoring and Evaluation at the Inner-City Ministry explained that the ministry’s objective towards the programme was to enhance the food quality, standardisation, packaging, marketing and financial literacy in the elements of entrepreneurship to improve their market access.

Mr Mohammed said the improvement of market access would help generate more sales and make more money to elevate the Zongo communities.

Mr. Seibik Bugri, the Communication Director of the Ministry of Inner-Cities and Zongo Development, told the food vendors to take the training seriously to achieve the goal of the Ministry of reducing poverty in the Zongo communities.

“An album will be created, which will contain various local dishes, drinks and contact details that will be sent across the country to help expand the business.” he said.

Ms Kosi A. Yankey, the Executive Director for NBSSI, said the programme was brought to the Zongo communities because the food vendors are well known for providing tasty foods in the Ghanaian societies.

She said the programme aimed at creating global recognition for Ghanaian dishes, just as that of other countries.

Ms Yankey urged the vendors to abide by the rules and regulations of the Food and Drug Authority and provide the necessary requirement for the indigenous business to grow across the country.

She also advised them to desist from illegal operations, establish clean environment and produce hygienic food, and be punctual so as gain more knowledge and skills in their business.

Ms Habiba Sumani, the Director for Women Entrepreneurship Development, said the training was to support food vendors of the Zongo communities including Christians, Muslims, males and females to stay in business for a long term to compete favourably with other competitors.

Majority of the food vendors the GNA spoke to, expressed concerns over the high cost of ingredients, which they said was making the business unprofitable and called on government to come to their aid.

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