Coastal Development Authority is organizing a vocational skill training program for head porters in Accra Central to equip them with the needed skills to improve their livelihood and rise from penury.
The Authority is rolling out this project in collaboration with Thatchermora Foundation which is an NGO that engages in skill training.
At a ceremony organized at the New Accra Metropolitan Assembly, called the “Time with the porters” program
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Coastal Development Authority, Jerry Ahmed Shaib explained to the media, that the project was a community-driven one that ultimately seeks to empower the head porters.
Further speaking, he shared his hope that this skill training project will positively impact the head porters.
He added the training was meant to empower the porters and give them another source of income they can rely on to lift them from poverty.
“It is a community-driven initiative that is to ensure that they are given the career development platform that they will not remain in the kind of job, you see them engaged in, and we don’t think that is the best for them. We think that where they found themselves it is not as a result of their own intentions and plans. We have a range of vocations that they are here to learn and what CODA is here to do is to support them by paying for this training” he said.
Also speaking at the program, Mahammed Salifu, Prez of Kayayei Youth Association called for such poverty alleviation programs to be sustainable.
Whiles sharing his appreciation to CODA, he added that for posterity sake, the projects should be sustainable so that its impacts are seen and thus goes down in history.
“CODA, we want this project to end up successful because we want to come here one day and say that 5000 kayayei sat in front of this building and we helped then acquire skills and they are working. We changed their lives. Thank you Government of Ghana and CODA for bringing this project but let it be sustainable.” he said.
At the event, the Authority organized a free health screening and National Health Insurance card registration for head porters and hawkers on the premises of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly.
This exercise was organized in collaboration with the Patriotic Health Team and the National Health Insurance Authority, screened over 500 women for malaria, diabetes, hepatitis B and C, and other general medical conditions.
The Authority also presented head pans, sanitary pads, and other items to the head porters.
Story by: Dorothy Buatsi | universnewsroom.com