Accra- Ms Abena Afari, Acting Project Manager of the Christian Aid, has advised artisans to adhere to basic safety working principles to safeguard their lives, while they continue to serve Ghana.
She explained that ignoring those relevant parts of their work resulted into maiming which did not only cost the state fortunes during treatment, but also affected the working force as the maimed could not go back to work.
Ms Afari was handing over equipment to the Ghanaian Institute of Welding (GIW) to aid in the training of artisans in the welding sector, including; Junior High School, Senior High School leavers, master-craftsmen and apprentices.
Some of the items are; multi-purposed welding machines, respirators, eye glasses, gloves, grinding machines and helmets, at the cost of GH84,037.70.
They are to enhance the training process by showing trainees how to use the right tools to ensure their safety when conducting their businesses, Ms Afari added.
She said the gesture was part of a three-year project by the European Union, Christian-Aid and its partners to support the growing economic Opportunities for Sustainable Development (GEOP) project.
The project, being implemented in areas, including Ablekuma South, Ayawaso East sub-metros and Ellembelle district, is to promote local economic development in the Greater Accra and Western regions.
The Acting Project Manager said Ghana had about 80 percent of the working force in the informal sector out of which 25 percent were in apprenticeship including; welding, needs more of technical education to reduce the unemployment rate in the country, especially, among the youth.
Ms Afari said it would help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and meet the Ghana Beyond Aid agenda.
Mr Ernest Odei Appau, the Executive Secretary of GIW, said currently, there were 60 trainees studying at the NVTI, Ghana Technical Training Centre (GTTC), and Accra Technical Training Centre (ATTC) out of which two are females.
The training, he said, was looking at 700 trainees and to whip up the interest of females; with 30 in mind, into the male-dominated area.
Mr Wilson Agyekum, a car body works trainer and a beneficiary, thanked the benefactors for the kindness, saying, it would help them attain the training to meet world standards.
Source: Ghana News Agency