By: Raphael Apetorgbor
President John Dramani Mahama will award the first batch of beneficiaries of the Youth Enterprise Support (YES) tomorrow at the flagstaff house, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of YES, Ms. Helga Boadi has announced.
The pioneer group of 107 young women and men, aged between 18 and 35, were screened out of a total of 2,048 applicants. The YES programme was initiated by President John Mahama with a ten million cedis seed fund to assist the youth with creative and innovative business ideas and plans to achieve their full potential.
At a news conference in Accra, Ms. Boadi stated that the first batch has also been given adequate training that is expected to result in the starting of businesses on profitable and sustainable base with start-up capital from government.
Ms. Boadi noted that another batch of 350 beneficiaries are being prepared to follow the pioneers after they had met non-partisan experts.
She encouraged Ghanaians to support the beneficiaries by patronizing their products in order to help them sustain their business.
“Let support them and patronize their products…with all your help they will be successful in their endeavors,” she noted.
Ms. Boadi indicated that the establishment of YES is a clear testimony of President Mahama’s confidence in the youth.
She said the beneficiaries will be strictly monitored by the YES secretariat and its partner agencies at all stages of their entrepreneurial journey.
A beneficiary Mr. Eric Oppong who manufactures footwear expressed his appreciation to government for initiating the YES program. He urged the youth to be innovative in order to reduce the employment burden placed on government.