Ministry for Inner City and Zongo Development is embarking on a programme to develop and empower capacities of people in Zongo Communities to make them economically productive.
The initiative is expected to support the promotion of indigenous businesses to improve household incomes.
The Ministry is therefore working with the National Board for Small Scale Industries (NBSSI) to train selected women across zongo communities in various businesses but especially in Zongo cuisine like “waakye,” “sobolo,” “tubaani,” “kooko,” “wasawasa” among others.
This is to improve the development and packaging of these foods to add value and increase incomes associated with these businesses.
Minister for Zongo Development, Mr. Mustapha Hamid, disclosed these during question time in Parliament when he responded to a question that stood in the name of MP for Gary, Hon. Albert Akuka Alalzuuga who wanted to know programmes the Ministry has put in place to improve likelihood in Zongo Communities.
The National Board for Small Scale Industries (NBSSI), the Minister indicated, plans to accredit some of these women to become ready sources of provision of these foods to conferences, meetings and hotels.
He said, “There is also the Zongo Coders Programme, which is to train, improve and redirect ICT skills of the youth in Zongo communities into productive Ventures.”
Mr. Hamid disclosed that Access Bank, in collaboration with the Ministry of Business Development is set to provide capital to businesses in Zongo communities in the first quarter of 2019.
He stated that to improve learning in the Zongs, the Ministry has initiated a programme with an association of Ghanaian residents in the United States namely Yankasa Association and other NGOs to provide books to schools in Zongo communities.
Mr. Hamid disclosed that currently 1008 Zongo communities have been identified in the country but only 16 have benefited from interventions from the Ministry.
The rest of the communities, he said, are expected to receive their share of developments from the Zongo Ministry in 2019.
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