The “No Business as Usual (NBU)” project which is a collaboration between SOS Children’s Villages Ghana and the Asokore Mampong Municipality with funding from the European Union has commenced operations in the Asokore Mampong Municipality to harness the ideas and energies of the youth within the Municipality for economic development.
The programme has two broad objectives. First to develop the local economy of Asokore Mampong through joint stakeholder collaboration between the municipality and some key stakeholders in areas of revenue mobilization, budget tracking and accountability and to develop the youth of Asokore Mampong with employable and entrepreneurial skills.
The maiden stakeholder event “Ideonomics” coined from ‘ideas’ to run the local ‘economy’, brought together heads in local government to draw the attention of the youth to ideas, various employment options and business funding opportunities available to them.
The panel which addressed the youth were the Asokore Mampong Municipal Director of the National Youth Programme Mrs Alice Anthony, the Municipal Director of the National Youth Authority Jalel Mohammed, the Municipal Director of Social Welfare and Community Development Mrs Esther Apraku Nyarko and the Municipal Planning Officer Mr. Collins Ohene Gyan who represented the Municipal Chief Executive of Asokore Mampong.
The Hub Manager of NBU, Mr. Samuel Aboagye indicated his confidence in the initiative to empower young people to contribute meaningfully to the development of the Asokore Mampong municipality.
He also outlined that The “No Business As Usual hub” is recruiting five hundred youth over a four year period for both hard and soft skills training in modules that align with the objectives of the project.
Some of the participants of the maiden Ideonomics forum believed the forum will empower them to contribute their quota to community development in Asokore Mampong.
A participant, Owusu Kwarkye Daniel said the project will help him understand ways to network with the Municipal Assembly to identify areas he can be supported to develop himself and his community.
The Project targets three categories of youth. The Gama group comprise tertiary school graduates with diplomas and degrees; the Beta Group who have appreciable levels of literacy and the alpha group who are youth with little education background but with promising talent and commitment to do something meaningful.