The innovative project ‘No Business as Usual Project’ has formally been launched in the Asokore Mampong Municipality. The launch had over four hundred (400) members in attendance, including delegation from all the consortium Partners which includes SOS Children’s Villages Netherlands (SOS-CV/NL), Asokore Mampong Municipal Assembly (AMMA), and SOS Children’s Villages Ghana (SOS-CV/Ghana).
Other stakeholders present were the Traditional Council of Asokore Mampong, Council of Zongo Chiefs, Civil Society Organizations, the Private Sector, Corporate Organizations, Assembly Members, cross section of marginalized youth (kayayes), trainees of the project and other members of the community.
The Municipal Chief Executive of the Asokore Mampong Municipality, Hon. Alhaji Alidu Seidu, praised SOS Children’s Villages Netherlands/Ghana for the progressive partnership with the Asokore Mampong Municipal Assembly which has given birth to the NBU Project in the Municipality in his welcome address.
He added his vision to empower the youth in his Municipality, and his human-centered approach to development resonates well with the objective of the NBU Project to train the youth with entrepreneurial and employability skills. He concluded that the NBU project has the blessings and the support of his office, and the Municipal Assembly will play its collaborative role effectively for the success of the Project.
In his address, the National Director of SOS CV Ghana was very excited that a project that was conceived and nurtured about two (2) years ago was finally a reality. He revealed that the launch of the NBU Project is in line with SOS CV’s mission to help shape futures of the youth and marginalized groups and share in the development of their communities. He mentioned that the NBU Project is one of many examples of concrete actions being taken by SOS Children’s Villages Ghana together with other development partners and Government agencies to bring development in the areas where SOS CV has been operating.
The CEO of National Entrepreneurship and Innovative Plan (NEIP), Mr John Kumah, in a speech read on his behalf by Mr Franklin the preparedness and the readiness of his outfit to partner with the NBU Hub to offer training on entrepreneurship to the teaming unemployed youth in the country.
The Ashanti Regional Minister, Hon. Simon Osei Mensah in a speech read on his behalf applauded the launch of the NBU project as a novelty that will empower the youth to be entrepreneurs and also help cushion the Government of the burden of having to provide jobs to the increasing unemployed youth.
Before the NBU Project was declared launched, Ms Esther Matey, the NBU Project coordinator gave a brief overview of the project and said the NBU project seeks to stimulate youth employment and inclusive socio-economic growth in the Asokore Mampong Municipality. She further explained that the Project objectives are in two (2) folds which include;
- Improved sustainable local economic growth and expanded job creation by enhanced collaboration of civil society organizations, the Asokore Mampong Municipal Assembly (AMMA) and other stakeholders (targeting 500 youth).
- Enhanced capacity of Asokore Mampong Municipal Assembly (AMMA) to collaborate with civil society and private sector to mobilize revenue for local development while promoting transparency and accountability to citizens, and piloting 2 social businesses and 3 public private partnership (PPPs)
The Project was subsequently declared launched by Professor Lukeman Mohammad (Chairman of the Launch ceremony), Hon. Alhaji Alidu Seidu (MCE for Asokore Mampong Municipality) and Mr. Alexander Mar Kekula (National Director of SOS CV Ghana) amidst cheers from that gathering.
Tape was also cut to open the NBU Project Hub which will serve as an innovative Centre for training of the youth, and for knowledge and skills transfer. The Hub will again provide practical training on core life skills, hard skills, employability and entrepreneurship to improve trainees’ professional competence to enable them to succeed in the world of work. It will also serve as centre where events are held for networking, start-ups, coaching, and youth employment seminars.
The NBU project will span four years starting March, 2017 and ending 2021. The European Union (EU) is the lead donor of the project.