The government has been called upon to as a matter of principle and goodwill assist the country’s budding young artisans to help reduce the growing unemployment rate in Ghana.
Mr. Osei Asibey a.k.a. Osei Basei, President, Zion Artisans, spare parts Dealers and Food Sellers Association of Ghana explained that, as the Kumasi Magazine is now choked, his executives with the help of the D.C.E. for Kwabre East, Hon-Osei Asibey Bonsu has acquired a 300 acre land near Ejisu-Abankro for industrial purposes.
He said, Hon. Osei Asibey Bonsu has also cooperated and helped the members to have investors from Australia called SAMPRO CONTRACTORS P. L for the project which members are willing to pay by installment but the government has since failed to come in and help.
Mr. Osei Asibey who made this known when artisans met to think of where they are going to operate from last week noted that, because of this, female artisans have now turned to be drivers’ mates while their male counterparts have turned to bedriving commercial vehicles or mates and which is not the best.
He told the members that, the Former Deputy Ashanti Regional Minister, Hon. Elizabeth Agyeman and other officials have since visited the site acquired by the association but till now they have not heard anything from him while the Kumasi Mayor, Hon. Osei AsibeyAntwi did not allow the executive members and the Investors to meet him at his office and kept them at the reception hall till the Investors left.
The Chairman who won the best Student Award for World Bank Trainers in 1991 then asked whether the government wants these young men and women to become criminals and useless in society?
According to him, even the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II once said at the Kumasi Sports stadium during a festival that he does not want his artisans to be roaming about helplessly but stay at home and work.
He said, because there is no place for artisans to stay and work after completing their apprenticeship many of the youth now don’t have interest in learning a trade.
“When it is time for campaigning in the election period all sort of promises are given but after winning the election they are not fulfilled”, he stressed.
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