Government adopts approach to address labour problems – Nii Lantey

Mr Edwin Nii Lantey Vanderpuiye, a Deputy Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, says government is committed to adopt a multi-faceted approach to address some of the shortfalls in the labour front.

This he said would involve Public Private Partnership, to create the enabling environment for workers to amass wealth as well as the recruitment of unemployed graduates.

Nii Lantey Vanderpuiye was speaking at the 6th graduation ceremony of Suhum Community Development Vocational and Technical Institute (SUVODTEC) at Suhum in Eastern Region.

SUVODTEC is under the management of the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development and gives young girls and boys employable skills for their livelihood.

He said technical and vocational education plays a very pivotal role in human resource development of every country, especially, entrepreneurship.

Nii Lantey Vanderpuiye who is also the Member of Parliament for Odododiodio in the Greater Accra Region said Ghana has reached a very critical stage in its development process where skills development is paramount in ameliorate the current challenges that the country is experiencing.

He said the rate of technological advancement has accelerated at an unprecedented pace, hence the need for the development of skills through training as a strategic response to technological change, globalisation, unemployment and other forces militating against the labour market.

The Deputy Minister noted that technological changes have led to new categories of high-skilled occupation in healthcare, information processing, finance and business service and physical strength and adherence to routine.

Ms Edith Attar-Adabadze, Headmistress of the Institute said the school lacks a workshop, staff common room, library and inadequate classrooms to carry out effective teaching and learning.

She said the current enrollment of the institute stands at 120, which includes 100 females and 20 males.

Ms Attar-Adabadze appealed to stakeholders for closer partnership that would reflect in the expansion and rehabilitation of existing infrastructural facilities.

She said such collaboration would also facilitate the selection of students to the vocational and technical institutions on the computer placement system to cater for their challenges in low enrollment.

Mr Paul Avorka, National Director of the Department of Community Development, said his outfit is charged with the responsibility of facilitating, enhancing and accelerating the development of communities in the country.

He said one way his outfit has achieved its mandate is through vocational and technical training, which has become the core focus of the department.

Mr Samuel Fleischer-Kwabi, Suhum Municipal Chief Executive said the Assembly has budgeted money for SUVODTEC and would present two industrial sewing machines and one industrial Overclock machine to the institute.

Osaberima Ayeh Kofi, Chief of Suhum and Chairman of the occasion advised the graduands to make good use of the skills they have acquired. GNA

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