Minister for Inner City and Zongo Development Dr. Mustapha Hamid, has justified plans by government to support women who are into ‘waakye’ and ‘sobolo’ making, as part of moves to empower them to be economically productive.
Speaking to Kwabena Agyapong on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm he said, the plans is to assist the traders to market and package their business for more profits is a novelty.
He made reference to ‘Koko King’, ‘Awo Komi’ and ‘Waakye Queen’ and how they have gained grounds through good packaging and marketing.
‘’Our mothers have not realised that with good packaging, the value of the food will go up and make people buy for them to make more profits.’’
The Minister further indicated that if we had a vibrant local branded foods, Ghana would gain more and sell our culturte and tradition to the world through our different variety of foods especially when there is a global event like the on-going Women’s CAF Tournament.
A response to a question asked the Minister in Parliament on Tuesday has sparked social media debate.
On Tuesday, 27 November 2018 in response to a parliamentary question filed by Garu MP, Albert Akuka Alalzuuga, also noted that most of the youth in the Zongo communities will be trained in ICT to enable them redirect their skills into productive ventures.
The Minister in his response said: “The ministry has initiated a number of socio-economic programmes that are aimed at developing the human capacities of the people in Zongo communities, empower them to be economically productive and support the promotion of their indigenous businesses in order to improve household incomes.
“To this end, the ministry is working with the National Board for Small-Scale Industries (NBSSI) to train selected women across Zongo communities who have businesses, and especially in Zongo cuisine like “waakye,” “sobolo,” “tubani,” “koko” and the rest of them, first of all, to improve the development and packaging of these foods in order to add value and increase incomes associated with these businesses.
“NBSSI aims to accredit some of these women to become ready sources for provision of these foods to conferences, meetings, and hotels.”
“Mr Speaker, there is also the Zongo Coded Programme, which is to train, improve and redirect the ICT skills of the youth in Zongo communities into productive ventures…”
Dr. Mustapha Hamid stressed his ministry is committed to also assisting the Zongo community and traders to have easy access to loans to expand their business.
On why residents could benefit from the plans outlined he said the Small Scale Industry would develop the modalities for the beneficiaries.