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ZONGO DEVELOPMENT MINISTER SIGNS MOUS TO BOOST CAPACITY OF 2,000 RESIDENTS

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The Minister for Inner Cities and Zongo Development will today sign two separate memorandums of understanding (MoUs), aimed at boosting the capacity of 2,000 residents of inner cities and zongo areas in Ghana.

The Minister for Inner Cities and Zongo Development will today sign two separate memorandums of understanding (MoUs), aimed at boosting the capacity of 2,000 residents of inner cities and zongo areas in Ghana.

 

Non-profit initiative

The first is the Zongo Coders Programme, which starts with an MoU at non-profit organisation level to develop a scheme known as the Initiative for Youth Development.

Under this scheme, 1,000 young Ghanaians will be trained in computer coding and application development. It will also facilitate their operations in developing computer-based software and applications to tackle contemporary challenges as well as take advantage of opportunities in their locales.

The Minister for Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, made these announcements at a press briefing yesterday in Accra.

He told journalists that the project will begin with 200 beneficiaries and the number will scale up to 1,000 in subsequent months.

“It is expected that the project will aid in creating self-employment and incomes for beneficiaries. The apps and technology services to be produced from the project are also expected to increase convenience and productivity for citizens in general. It will span a 24-month period,” Mr Oppong Nkrumah said.

Catering initiative

The second is the Zongo Cuisines Development programme, which will run in collaboration with the National Board for Small-Scale Industries (NBSSI).

This will aim to provide technical and financial support to existing small-scale business operators such as food vendors in the aforementioned areas.

The programme is expected to help the beneficiaries get access to larger markets for their services and products by enhancing their existing marketing, preservation and packaging, as well as their bookkeeping abilities.

Mr Oppong Nkrumah said the second programme will target an initial 600 beneficiaries in 2019 and another 600 in 2020.

Other plans

The Information Minister also said that, in consonance with the Akufo-Addo government’s pledge to develop the capacities of residents of Ghana’s zongo areas, “It is our belief that these and other interventions in the selected areas will improve productivity levels and further reduce the hardship of our people.”