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Equatorial Guinean Minister Tours NYEP Project Sites

Mr. Ruslan Oblang Nsue, the Equatorial Guinean Secretary of State for Youth and Sports, as part of his five days visit, toured some module centres under Ghana’s National Youth Employment Programme (NYEP).

This is a follow-up to the agreement signed between the two countries last year on youth and sports, which may enable Equatorial Guinea to study and replicate some the NYEP programmes.

Accompanied by former Youth and Sport Minister, Ms. Akua Sena Dansua, National Coordinator of NYEP, Mr. Abuga Pele, and other dignitaries, the delegation visited three module centres in the Greater Accra Region where young men and women are given vocational training.

The centres provide six-month vocational and skills training in dressmaking, hairdressing and cosmetology, ICT and mobile phone repairs for the youth. The programmes are initiatives of the NYEP who are in collaboration with Asongtaba Cottage Industry (ACI), a non-governmental organisation involved in trade and vocational skills training.

The National Coordinator of NYEP, Mr. Abuga Pele, explaining the module to Mr. Ruslan Oblang Nsue at Elynstyle Fashion and Designs, one of their points of call said there are hundreds of the centres spread all over the country and number of centres depends on the size of the region.

The NYEP, he said, engages the youth and distribute them to their trainers who are assisted by the ACI. At the end of their six month training, the graduate is assisted with equipment such as a sewing machine, some capital and a workstation.

Ms. Evelyn Dede Amoako-Atta, the course instructor at Elynstyle Fashion and Designs, told the delegation that 22 trainees are currently on a six-month dressmaking programme at the centre. Out of the number, there is only one male trainee and the first batch will graduate in February 2011.

Mr. Nsue on his part said Ghana being the first country south of the Sahara to gain independence from colonial rule has rich experience which his country can benefit through technology and knowledge transfer. This, he said, will make the south-south co-operation work.

The Equatorial Guinean Youth and Sports Minister expressed his satisfaction with the programmes of the NYEP, adding that his presence in the country is strengthened the bilateral relations between the two countries and to concretise the agreement they signed last November.

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