STORY BY ZAINABU ISSAH.
PLAN Ghana International, in collaboration with GRATIS Foundation and with funding from KOICA and Hyundai Motor Company has cut the sod for the construction of a technical training centre for the training of youth in automobile engineering in Koforidua.
The training centre dubbed “ Hyundai KOICA GRATIS Dream Centre “estimated at US 7,500 dollars is expected to be completed in July, this year.
It will equip at least 300 youth with skills in auto mechanical engineering.
The Country Director of Plan Ghana International, Mr Prem Shukla in his speech said, the organisation was committed to youth empowerment and development in the country .
“Youth empowerment is very dear to the heart of Plan because they are the main source of human capital and key agents for socio-cultural, economic, and political development as well as technical innovations worldwide,” he said.
He added that training, development and empowerment of the youth were the key determinants of progress and the future of a society.
He explained that the centre when completed would aid skills acquisition, and capacity building among the youth for self reliance and reduction of unemployment.
“This centre would serve not only the training needs of the region but also the entire country as a whole,” he stressed.
The Eastern Regional Minister,Dr Kwasi Apea-Kubi at the ceremony said , technical education was rapidly becoming the pivot for development
He added that it was important for Ghanaians focus on the development of technically competent workers.
He explained that the perception that technical and vocational skills were for the less brilliant children in society was an issue that needed urgent correction for the development of the country.
Dr Kubi was optimistic that the centre when completed would provide employment for most of the youth in the region.
He also pledged the government’s support to the private sector and non governmental organisations to expand technical and vocational schools in the country.
The Ambassador of the Republic of South Korea, Mr Kyun Jea-Min said the construction of the training centre was necessitated by the relationship existing between Ghana and Korea which was fast growing.
He was optimistic that the project would help deepen the relationship between the two countries and also open doors to complement the governments efforts of solving the problem of unemployment in the country.
In a speech read on behalf of the Chief Executive Officer of GRATIS Foundation, Mr Emmanuel Aseidu, he said the training programme would involve metal machinery, welding, fabrication and wood processing with senior secondary school and technical school graduates as the target .
He however urged the youth in the region to enrol in the training programme to equip themselves to meet the high demand for mechanical engineers in the country.
He also pledged to take good care of the facility upon completion for the benefit of all who would gain admission at the centre.
PUBLISHED IN DAILY GRAPHIC ON 2 FEBRUARY 2012