88 Ellembelle women graduate from Adamus Resources skills training
Ms List(right) with CEO of African Investment Consortium, Kwasi Agbley (left) and Chairman, Kofi Graham, inspecting the products displayed at the exhibition.
Eighty-eight women received certificates in skilled development under the Adamus Resources Limited (ARL) Women Empowerment Project (WEP) at a graduation ceremony held at Ampain in the Ellembelle district of the Western Region.
They also received start-up kits.
The graduands, as part of the event, showcased their talents in soap, bleach, pomade-making, hair styling among others.
The ARL-College of Beauty Arts and Entrepreneurship (CBAE), took the students through make-up artistry, hair technology, products formation, millinery and accessories for three months.
Speaking at the event on Saturday, the General Manager of ARL, Mr Alex Mensah Hagan, expressed the company’s desire to ensure the development of host communities.
One of such approaches, he mentioned, was the WEP, which he added, would transform the economy of women in Elllembelle.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of ARL, Ms Angela List, was optimistic that the achievement of WEP, so far, demonstrated the capacity of the women to aspire higher, stating that “the display of the products at the exhibition is an inspiration to us.”
The Western Regional Minister, Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah, who chaired the event, said WEP was an opportunity to enhance the economic status of women in Ellembelle.
He said, if women in Ghana were endowed with employable skills, communities in the region would take charge of production and national development.
“Entrepreneurship is the only way. If the people of the Western Region have the skills and own the productive assets, they can be rich. If you want to be rich, own the productive assets and be competitive in both Ghana and the world. With these skills, you will never go hungry,” he stressed.
The Member of Parliament (MP) for Ellembelle, Mr Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah, said WEP was important “because mining will one day be over and what is key is what we do with the communities.”
He said “I am excited that despite the challenges, the 88 women successfully graduated in just three months of intensive skills training programme. Employment is a national security issue and so provision of skills is key.”
Mr Armah announced that he would liaise with Adamus Resources to ensure another batch of 2,000 people are enrolled under the programme to also train the youth in skills development.
Other speakers at the graduation were the CEO of CBAE, Rebecca Donkor, CEO of the African Investment Consortium, Kwasi Agbley and the District Chief Executive (DCE) of Ellembelle, Kwasi Bonzo.
From Clement Adzei Boye, Ampain