AN initiative dubbed Green Skills Project (GSP), envisaged to create livelihood opportunities for 6,000 young people, has been launched in Accra.
The GSP is a three-year project which will promote local environmentally sustainable businesses in the country and also contribute to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations.
The beneficiary districts are Tano North and Sunyani municipality in the Brong Ahafo Region and Ga South in the Greater Accra Region.
The project was launched by Plan International Ghana, an NGO. It is being funded by the European Union Ghana.
The Country Director of Plan International Ghana, Madam Fadimata Alainchar, called for openness and accountability on the part of partners on the project. She also urged them to commit themselves to strong partnerships for successful outcomes.
“Let us be accountable in the work we do so that we can support the government to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals 8 and 13,” the director added.
A programme officer at the European Union Ghana, Mr Joseph Allan, expressed the European Union’s willingness to support competent NGOs such as Plan International which can implement projects that will support women and the youth to achieve development.
The Deputy Minister for Employment and Labour Relations, Mr Bright Wireko Brobbey, who launched the project, said the initiative was in consonance with the government’s flagship programmes which would also create jobs for the youth.
“The government is anchoring its efforts on public private partnerships which will make people, especially the youth, constructively engaged and attain the ‘Ghana beyond aid’ agenda set by the President, he said.
The district coordinating director of Tano North, Madam Rhodaline Conduah, called on the youth to be exercise patience in their respective business ventures and be steadfast in whatever they engage themselves into.