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Jun 12, 2012

5,000 Disabled to be trained in ICT

H. E Dramani Mahama, the Vice-President of Ghana, has announced a GH¢21 million project, to train an initial 5,000 persons with disability (PWDs) across the country in ICT skills.

The six-month training programme, a collaboration between the Ministry of Employment and Social Welfare and rLG Ghana, a local ICT company, entails mobile phone and lap-top assembling, repair and maintenance  will  enable them to earn a decent livelihood.

Mr. Mahama made this known in Accra, pointing out that under the deal, government will provide GH¢19million whilst rLG will also make available GH¢2 million as counterpart funding.

As part of the training package, he said the trainees are to be engaged as technical assistants in the districts under government’s ‘one child per laptop’ policy, and in the after sales centres of rLG, whilst some will be given capital to set up.

The selected PWDs will also be provided with weekly allowances throughout the duration of their training, to facilitate their transport to and from the training centres.

The training, which will be free of charge, ultimately aims at providing one million jobs in the ICT sector.

Vice-President Mahama, launching it, said the project formed part of moves to overhaul the training given to PWDs, to enable them to fit into the world of work.

He pointed out that the world is changing fast and that the year of equipping PWDs with skills in basket weaving and other craft should give way to a more marketable venture like the acquisition of skills in ICT.

Mr. Mahama, commending rLG and other indigenous firms for creating job opportunities for many Ghanaians, said it is in that vein that government is trying to review the procurement law to skew it in favour of indigenous Ghanaians entrepreneurs.

Source: ISD