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19.03.2004 Regional News

Youth advised to acquire vocational skills

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Assin Foso (C/R), March 19, GNA- The youth in the Assin District have been called upon to take the opportunity being offered by the government to train them in soap making, batik tie and dye. Mr. Richard Asiedu, Assin District Youth Co-ordinator, announced this at a general meeting with the youth on Monday to discuss problems militating against the progress of the formation of HIV/AIDS clubs in the district.

He said the government had instituted the youth fund for every district, with the Assin District receiving 240 million cedis. Mr Asiedu said part of the money would be used to train the youth in some selected communities in the Assin District in soap making, kente weaving and batik, tie and dye.

He said much as the government was doing to reduce poverty, there was the need for each and everyone to be prepared to acquire the much needed skills to establish his or her own business in order to access the poverty alleviation fund in the district.

He urged the youth to go into income-generating ventures, which would enable them to earn a living.

Mr. Asiedu warned the youth, especially young girls, against abortion, which he said could only be prescribed by a medical doctor, saying illegal abortion could either land them in jail or result in death.

He asked the youth to make their parents aware that punitive measures could be taken against them if they refused to provide medical treatment for their children in times of ill health.

Touching on the HIV/AIDS pandemic, Mr. Asiedu called on all who matter in the crusade against the dreadful disease to intensify their education.

He appealed to eligible voters in the Assin District to register in order to vote in the coming general elections.

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