General News of Fri, 27 Feb 20040
Poverty reduction workshop ends in Accra
Accra, Feb. 27 GNA - A five-day capacity building workshop initiated by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Government of Ghana to create employment, generate income and reduce poverty at the district level ended on Friday in Accra.
The Institute of Local Government Studies (ILGS) facilitated the workshop, which drew participants from the Awutu-Efutu-Senya and Ajumako-Enyan-Essiam, in the Central Region.
Made up of selected district assembly officials, business owners, public servants, technocrats and members of civil society, the participants would be expected to form the core of the assembly Sub-Committees for Productive and Gainfully Employment (SPGE) that would oversee the business development drive in the districts.
They were taught in strategic planning, advocacy and partnership, dialogue and facilitation skills and resource mobilisation. Hajia Alima Mahama, Deputy Minister of Trade Industries and President's Special Initiatives advised participants to eschew selfishness and share the knowledge and skills acquired from the workshop with other district assemblies.
She advised the SPGE to apply innovative techniques that would lead to promoting small-scale businesses in their area.
Ms Esther Ofei-Aboagye, Acting Director of ILGS, asked participant to work hard to bring changes in their districts.
Mr George Acquah, the course prefect, expressed the satisfaction of the participants about the workshop and pledged their willingness to work towards poverty reduction in their respective districts. .