Bawumia commissions ultra-modern hostel facility for kayayei (Photos)

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In an effort to improve the lives of head porters, or “kayayei,” Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia officially opened a brand-new dormitory facility in Accra on May 21, 2024.

The facility aims to carry out a government commitment to provide housing and vocational training in order to address the urgent needs of the Kayayei and enhance their socioeconomic status.

“It was a great pleasure this afternoon, in Accra, as I commissioned a multi-purpose hostel facility for head potters (Kayayei), as well as a training programme, the Kayayei Empowerment Programme for them.

“The commissioning of the ultra-modern residential facility and training centre, is in fulfilment of a promise I made to the head potters, on behalf of government, when I visited their hub in Agbogbloshie, Accra, to greet them.

Bawumia commissions ultra-modern hostel facility for kayayei
“With government adding a training programme to the residential facility, we have moved beyond the promise of addressing their pressing needs, to also offering them transitional job pathways, to enhance their socio-economic status,” the vice president said in a Facebook post.

With additional centres being built in Techiman and Kumasi, the facilities, which are situated in Madina and Ashaiman, are a part of a larger initiative to affect over 100,000 Kayayei nationwide.

At the commissioning ceremony, Dr. Bawumia gave thanks to all of the government agencies and partners that worked together to make the project a reality.

“I am profoundly grateful to the following government agencies: the Ghana Enterprises Agency (GEA), National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme (NEIP), Youth Employment Agency (YEA), Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (CTVET), Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund), Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), “District Assemblies Common Fund (DACF), Ghana Gas, Ghana Health Service, and BOST, as well as the Father Campbell Foundation, for their collaborative efforts in making this possible.

“Many doubted this when the promise was made, but once again, we have proven that with a possibility mindset, and the right partnership, nothing is impossible. Indeed, it is possible!” he added.

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