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29.04.2004 Regional News

DCE inaugurates Hairdressers, Beauticians Association at Nkoranza

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Nkoranza (B/A) April 29, GNA - Mr. Kwame Ampofo-Twumasi, Nkoranza District Chief Executive, has inaugurated the Nkoranza District branch of Ghana Hairdressers and Beauticians Association with a call on members to share ideas to enhance their activities.

He expressed appreciation for the periodic clean up exercises by members in Nkoranza to promote good sanitation and urged them not to relent in their efforts.

The DCE commended them for training a number of girls so they could not become liabilities in society to engage in social vices.

Mr. Ampofo-Twumasi assured members that the District Assembly would support their programmes and activities to enhance the development of the association.

Miss Joyce Nyamadie, Nkoranza District Director of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) urged the Association to ensure that, their apprentices led morally upright lives so they would not become pregnant and drop out from the vocation or contract HIV/AIDS.

Miss Nyamadie called on parents who entrust their children to other people to learn vocations to pay regular visits to monitor their progress and to know problems they faced.

She urged the beauticians to update their knowledge through workshops and fashion shows to enable them to become abreast with current trends in the profession and to attract more customers to their workplaces.

In a welcoming address, the District Chairman of the Association, Ms Georgina Oppong, said the association had trained 300 youth in hairdressing and had also been supporting the needy.

She commended the Government of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) for providing them with some working tools, saying that was the first time they had received such support.

Miss Oppong appealed to the Nkoranza District Assembly to assist members with loans under the Social Investment Fund (SIF) to enable them to expand their activities.

Mr. Haruna Babs, Secretary, called for collaborative efforts of parents and masters/madams in the training of the apprentices to become disciplined and responsible professionals.

Mr. Stephen Ametri, Project Officer and Acting Manager of Nkoranza Branch of Agricultural Development Bank (ADB), who presided, advised members to save with the banks to enable them to enjoy credit facilities.

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