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Social Work undergraduate vies for Amamomo seat

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December 18, 2010
Accra, Dec. 18, GNA - A District Assembly aspirant for Amamomo in Ashiedu Keteke Sub-metro, has pledged to help equip the unemployed youth in the area with technical and vocational skills if he is elected.

Mr John Oti Bless, a 31-year-old Social Work undergraduate of the University of Ghana, who spoke to the Ghana News Agency, in Accra on Saturday noted that between 65 and 70 per cent of the youth on the streets needed money to acquire skills.

He declared his intention to establish a Technical and Vocational Institute in the area with the help of international organisations to train the youth especially the needy and vulnerable to acquire employable skills free of charge to enable them contribute their quota towards nation building.

Mr Oti Bless, who is the Founder of Concerned Voice, Ghana, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) focusing on health related issues and human rights said the proposed institute would get the youth off the streets and enable them to unearth and develop their talents to become useful and productive citizens.

The aspiring Assembly Member said his NGO was collaborating with four Community Based Organisations involved in curbing child trafficking and domestic violence and was working with the Ministry of Health in disease control programmes.

Mr Oti Bless said Concerned Voice was also one of the major distributors of treated bed mosquito nets for the National Malaria Control Programme.

Mr Oti Bless who is also the Chief Executive Officer of Blessed Security Services, Blessed Pharmacy and Blessed Cleaning Services with 42 workers, promised to help create jobs for the people especially the youth.

"We will not be suffering if we have creative leaders," the aspirant stated and said he wanted to be of service to the people especially the needy and the vulnerable and not for personal gains.

Mr Oti Bless said he wanted to be a voice for the voiceless, work for the people and to stand in for them and send their problems to the appropriate quarters.

The Assembly aspirant said he was determined to ensure that the community got its fair share of development and had provided security lights for the Timber Market, Adadenpo and Agbogbloshie from his own resources.

He said he wanted to support and help the vulnerable and the needy, adding that he was not contesting the election for his personal comfort but for the development of the area.

"What is meant for the people should go to them," he said.


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