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27.04.2004 Regional News

Trainees in Tie and Dye pass out

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Teshie, April 27, GNA - A total of 50 people trained in batik tie and dye production by Megnam Textiles have passed out at Teshie. Speaking at the ceremony, Mr Eddie Akita, MP for the area and Minister of State in Charge of Fisheries, urged the unemployed youth to take advantage of the various initiatives by the government to acquire skills to improve their living conditions and to contribute to the development of the nation.

He commended Megnam Textiles for taking it upon itself to train young people in tie and dye to promote textile production under the President's Special Initiative and to take advantage of African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), to export to the American market to earn foreign exchange for the country.

Mr D M Ablorh, Chairman for the function noted that after school many young people who could not continue their education were faced with many difficulties - what he called "the real world".

He called on the trainees to form co-operative societies and to pool their resources to attract support from the government and other organisations since "God helps those who help themselves."

Mr Ablorh expressed the hope that the co-operative that the trainees would form would become one of the leading textile firms in the area within five years.

He noted that with such a move they would be able to source finance from the various District Assemblies and the MP's Common Fund, adding that, "to empower the people economically is not a matter of politics".

Mr Eddie Anang, Third National Vice Chairman of the NPP, stressed the commitment of the government to facilitate development and commended the trainees and organisers for their efforts.

Speaking to the GNA at an exhibition mounted by the trainees, Madam Margaret Haizel a Director of Megnam Textiles said she and Miss Irene Lanyoh another Director of the company were trained at a Vocational Institute run by Madam Theresa Amerley Tagoe, Deputy Minister of Lands and Forestry and MP for Ablekuma South.

She said the company had already run similar training for young people in the Agona and Odoben-Brakwa Districts in the Central Region and planned to hold more in the coming years.