1,240 Prison Officers, inmates benefit from NEIP’s Entrepreneurship for Restoration
The Minister for the Interior and Member of Parliament (MP) for Nandom Constituency, Hon Ambrose Dery, has launched a skills and Entrepreneurship training programme dubbed “Entrepreneurship for Restoration” which is a collaboration between the National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme (NEIP) and the Ghana Prisons Service to provide skills in various Light manufacturing areas and Entrepreneurship to 1,240 Prisons officers and Inmates and to provide Starter packs and kits they will use for production.
NEIP will also provide grants and loans as Working Capital for officers who have been trained for them to be able to set up these businesses properly and working Capital to inmates for their set up, upon their discharge from the Prisons. The Grants and loans will be provided under our Youth in Innovative Agric disbursement for those who did fruit juice processing and the Presidential Startup support and Youstart for the other products.
The Light manufacturing areas for the training includes Soap and detergents making ( i.e bar soaps, shower gels, liquid soaps, medicated soaps, afterwash etc), grains and cereals processing and packaging (for products like tom brown, rice soy, millet/sorghum mix, weetabix,etc ).
juice processing and packaging from all our local fruits, nuts tubers and legumes processing and packaging (like groundnut paste, chocolate spread etc ).
Production of local nonalcoholic drinks like Sobolo, Asana, atadwe ginger drink, lamuji, saamea etc, Production of youghurt and edible oils from palm oil and coconut oil, and cosmetics making (various body lotions and creams).
Launching the Programme, Hon. Dery expressed his excitement that the programme will spell the “beginning of a life-changing journey in the lives of the fifteen thousand (15,000) young inmates in the country’s prisons”.
82% of inmates in Ghana’s prisons are youth between the ages of 18 and 35 years. He observed that on a broader scale, the beneficiaries of the programme will be contributing to the longer-term strategic vision of consolidating our middle-income status and further building an industry driven economy.
Story by Fada Amakye from Daily Sun106.com