The underutilized Technology Center
A facility situated at Adidome in the Central Tongu District of the Volta Region to train young people to acquire basic technology and engineering skills has virtually turned into a white elephant.
The Technology Training Center which is expected to train the youth in welding, fabrication, building of agro-processing machines among others is begging for trainees as the youth of the area and the region at large have shown no interest in it.
The facility, established in 2012 under the government’s Rural Enterprise Project is aimed at building the capacity of rural folks to stimulate entrepreneurship, create jobs, improve livelihoods, transform rural economy and more importantly reduce rural urban drift.
However in Adidome, this very important project is being under-utilized.
The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr. Ekow Spio Garbra who visited the facility recently expressed surprise and disappointment at the situation. He wondered why the facility which was among other things meant to provide free training either in a short course or full three year program was yet to graduate a trainee.
So far, four out of five trainees who initially enrolled onto the program dropped out while others who expressed interest have not been able to enroll.
The Minister’s tour is to enable him get insight into activities of his ministry in the region and the prospect for new and budding opportunities and programs.
The District Manager of the facility Mr. James Adeku explained that although the facility is well equipped with agro-processing machines and welding machines that came handy for mechanized farmers in the area, the youth are unwilling to come on board unless they are accommodated on the campus and given feeding grants.
The trade minister who said the facility is well patronized in other parts of the country bemoaned the situation in Adidome and called on the stakeholders in the district to sensitize the youth and support the operations of the facility which has potentials for developing entrepreneurial skills of the youth.
“In other regions 20, 30 people are graduating from similar facility so we are appealing to parents in the area especially those who claimed to be unemployed to consider some of these skills. The District Assembly and the MP of the area can also use their various common funds to support the youth to enroll,” he reiterated.
From Fred Duodu, Ho ([email protected])