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UNDP commits to youth entrepreneurship

BY: Elizabeth Nyaadu Adu
The National Service Personnnel at UNDP with some staff at the maternity ward

THE United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Ghana has expressed its commitment to help prepare the youth for the job market.

The UNDP Resident Representative in Ghana, Dr Angela Lusigi, said her outfit believes that young people’s ideas, creativity and innovation will drive the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Ghana.

“UNDP is proud to partner with the Government of Ghana through the national service scheme and our integrated support to entrepreneurship to prepare young people for the future of work.

“UNDP prides itself with the achievement of having retained several National Service Personnel (NSP) in the past and will continue to do so as more opportunities come up,” Dr Lusigi said this last Thursday after a capacity building programme in Accra for the Service personnel at the UNDP.

She advised them to stay focused, act with determination and be intentional in all they do as they go into the world of work.

Capacity building programme

The Operations Manager at UNDP Ghana, Kate Odzawo, said as part of efforts to ignite the creative and innovative potentials of the youth for the job market, the three months Capacity-Building Programme was organised to upscale and expand the capacities of all personnel in the organisation.

That, she said, was to prepare them for the ever-evolving and competitive job market.

“We at UNDP believe that one of the best ways to enhance knowledge and skills is through training and mentoring and that is exactly what we have done for 2021/2022 NSPs.

“The three-month capacity development programme included a one-on-one mentorship programme for our personnel to get hands-on experience from our seasoned staff,” she said.

Participants were also taken through sessions on public speaking, ways to tackle unemployment and career planning.

Donation

To climax this, the NSP donated some essential cleaning supplies to the Police Hospital’s Maternity Ward to facilitate the daily maintenance of the ward.

The items include dustbins, scrubbing brushes, sanitiser, mops, sweeping brooms and detergent.

As part of the donation, they also cleaned the ward to ensure continuity of quality health service to all.

Appreciation

The Maternity Labour ward in charge, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Elizabeth Yawson, who received the items on behalf of management, expressed appreciation to the UNDP for the gesture.

She said the hospital was committed to delivering quality healthcare service to all and gave an assurance that the items donated would be used for the purpose for which they were donated.