The New Member of Parliament for Amasaman Constituency, Hon. Emmanuel Nii Okoi Laryea, has begun the implementation of alternative employment initiative for crop farmers who have lost their means of livelihood due to the recent infrastructural development and the unemployed youth in his constituency.
According to him, over the past 3 years, the constituency which was inhabited largely by food crop farmer has seen significant infrastructural development and that has gone along to deprive the farmers access to farm land to plant crops.
He indicated that this phenomenon has contributed to the massive rise in unemployment in the constituency and requires swift response before it gets out of hand.
Speaking in exclusive interview with this reporter, Hon. Nii Okoi Laryea revealed that with assistance from the Ministry of Agric, displaced farmer interested in animal husbandry would be provided piglets and other animals freely for a period of one year.
He said, “The exact number of animal, let say piglets given to the beneficiaries would be returned after a period of one year when they would have doubled or possibly tripled”.
Aside the option of rearing animals, he said he is in talks with the NVTI to enable him enroll those interested in vocational training.
“I am also in discussion with the Beauticians Association to provide discount to enable me sponsor those who would be interested in becoming professional beauticians”
According to him, he has met some private individuals who want to set up rural bank and have manage to convince them to locate it in the area so that the people, after passing out from the vocational training, access the credit facility to enable them set up their own venture.
He indicated that he will negotiate flexible loan terms so that the people can make the most out of the money they receive.
He further revealed that, together with the Municipal Chief Executive of the Ga West Municipal Assembly, they are setting up an educational fund which the general public, business and churches within the Assembly and Constituency would be called up to make contribution into the fund to enable the many brilliant but needy children further education.
The soft spoken legislator entreated every concerned citizen with the means to contribute into the fund so that it can make a huge impact in the lives of the many deprived people in the area.
According to him, until the rich help elevate the poor, the poor and those without hope will continue to use foul means like fraud and armed robbery to get their pound of flesh.
“The best way to reduce crime is to give people sense of optimism about the future and provide them with realistic avenues to attain their goals in life” He concluded.
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