A new Sachet Water Producing Module under the National Youth Employment Policy (NYEP) was launched in Cape Coast in the Central region at the weekend as part of the Self Employment Business Initiative of the Programme.
Mr Patrick Aniagyei, a Presidential Aid, who represented the Central Regional Minister, Mrs Ama Benyiwa–Doe, launched the module with the presentation of 17 sachet water machines and 17 poly-tanks to the Cape Coast Metropolitan Assembly, for onward distribution to the other districts.
In a speech read on her behalf, Mrs Benyiwa-Doe advised those employed under the module to ensure that the sachet water production met the technical requirements of the Ghana Standards Board.
She entreated managers of the project to be transparent by putting in place a prudent accounting system to enable them to reap the full benefits of the project and include environmental management
in its orientation and training workshops to ensure a holistic success of the pilot project.
Nana Oseibi, Regional NYEP Coordinator, said the machine, valued at GH¢ 2,600 will be loaned to all 17 districts in the region on GH¢ 700 monthly installment.
He indicated that the project will only be replicated in other regions based on its success in the region and therefore charged all district directors to be vigilant and maximise the efficiency of the machines.
Nana Oseibi advised against the refusal to pay government loans and urged them to work hard to reap the full benefits of the profit making project to enable them to pay back the loan.
Mr Peter Dery, Coordinating Director of the Cape Coast Metropolitan Assembly, who chaired the programme, said Central Region was one of the two beneficiaries of the project and stressed that it
was an enormous challenge to ensure its success.
He urged all managers as well as the workers to actively participate in the training and orientation workshop to acquire the requisite technical skills needed to effectively operate the machines.
Mr Dery also entreated district coordinators to supervise the project and maintain the machines to help create more jobs and alleviate poverty in the region.