May 25, 2022

Take advantage of opportunities to grow your businesses – WR Minister advises young enterpreneurs

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The Western Regional Minister, Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah has admonished young entrepreneurs, especially those who have benefited from NBSI and other grants from other organisations to work hard and grow their businesses with it.

He said, the grants given to the beneficiaries are talents they have received and cannot sleep on it because they will account for it.

The Regional Minister made the remarks at SNV Ghana 2021 awards ceremony of the Green Business Plan Competition in Takoradi.

“The only opportunity that you have is to be dedicated and committed to what you’re doing, work it, multiply it so that when your master comes and ask you about what you used the talent for, you would be able to account for it,” Mr. Darko-Mensah posited.

He urged the young entrepreneurs to make the best use of the opportunity they have received and blast it, adding that this is the best time to make their businesses become great.

The SNV Ghana Green Project is championed by SNV Netherlands Development Organisation and UN Capital Development Fund and the Ministry of Local Government Decentralisation and Rural Development since 2019.

The project, which is funded by the European Union through its Emergency Trust Fund for Africa, has enabled the SNV and its partners to create green jobs provide support for green businesses and entrepreneurship growth in the circular economy.

The project has 4 result areas, with SNV Ghana implementing result 2 and 4. As part of result 2, SNV Ghana is facilitating internships and job placements in sustainable businesses for job seekers as well as skills training and business plan development for entrepreneurs under its Opportunities for Youth Employment (OYE) Programme – a training programme centred on basic introduction into employability and entrepreneurship pathways in the green and circular economy.

To support service recipients who have completed the OYE programme and encourage the design and development of innovative green businesses and ideas, SNV Ghana rolled out the maiden green business plan competition. This is a yearly grant-based initiative.

The projects is awarding a total matching grant of up to 60,000 euros to selected entrepreneurs from its two regions and ten districts of implementation.

The Project Manager of SNV Ghana, Sarah Abbey, in an interview said, SNV Netherlands Development Organisation has been implementing the 4-year boosting Green Employment and Enterprise Opportunities in Ghana (GREEN) project with the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF).

So said the project aims at creating greater economic and employment opportunities for youth, women and returning migrants by promoting and supporting sustainable, green businesses in two selected regions in Ghana: Ashanti and Western.

One of the beneficiaries, Melcheshadek Owusu-Sekyere, advised his compatriots to take the opportunity available at SNV and establish themselves without becoming dependence on the government for jobs.

He therefore, urged the youth to be consistence in whatever they are doing and keep pushing till they achieve what they want to achieve in life.


Source:|Matthew O. A. Dadzie

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