Mr Kojo Acquah, Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of the Effia-Kwesimintsim Municipal Assembly (EKMA) in the Western Region has hinted that the Assembly was currently partnering with some stakeholders to undertake some massive real estate developments within the Whindo enclave.
He explained that the collaboration was to deal with the housing deficits within the Municipality and aid in the provision of affordable houses to its residents.
Mr Acquah who disclosed this to the IGOGHANA added that arrangements were presently ongoing to secure acres of service plots of land with access to roads, water, electricity, drains and other ancillary facilities to ensure the smooth takeoff of the project.
He indicated that all relevant stakeholders would be engaged in respect of it, going forward to make sure the project becomes a success.
Touching on business development, he said through the Business Advisory Council (BAC), the Assembly has undertaken a number of training and workshop programs to spur up the growth of Small Scale and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and create employment opportunities for the teeming youth within the Municipality.
He said from the period of January, 2020 to ending of the first quarter of 2022, six hundred and four (604) new jobs have thus been created by the Assembly.
The beneficiaries comprises of one hundred and eighty-six (186) males and four hundred and eighteen (418) females.
He further stated that four thousand and seven (4,007) businesses have also been registered in the Assembly to operate various businesses.
The training offered during the period were installation of CCTV/Video Surveillance, soap making, sanitizer and Antiseptic making, management training in purchasing and stock taking, entrepreneurship and financial literacy, among others.
Mr Acquah hinted that the Assembly has enrolled another program in the making of fascinators, bridal fans and fabric bags for forty (40) participants from the Ghana Hairdressers and Beauticians Association at the Kwesimintsim Zone.
Meanwhile, training on the manufacturing of local drinks, assorted ice cream and yoghurt had also been undertaken for forty (40) members of the Effiakuma and Kwesimintsim Ghana Garments Association.
He added that the Assembly intends to undertake business formalization for its youth from which one hundred (100) businesses would be freely registered with the Registrar General Department (RGD).