The Minister for Employment and Labour Relations, Hon. Ignatius Baffour-Awuah has charged the Akwamuhene and the Akwamuman Traditional Council to leverage on the available tourist opportunities in the Akwamu enclave. A move, he strongly believes would provide job opportunities and development for the youth in the area.
The Hon. Minister made the remarks when a delegation from the Akwamuman Traditional Council paid a courtesy call on him, on Friday, 6th August 2021 at the Conference Room of MELR.
The call was mainly to thank the Minister for commiserating with Akwamuman during the burial and final rites of Mr. Samuel Addom Antwi; a brother to the Chief Accountant of MELR, Mrs. Victoria Boafo on Saturday, 10th July 2021 at Akwamufie.
The Minister said that he was astonished when he was exposed to the tourist opportunities in the area when he visited last July. He subsequently promised to prompt the Hon Minister for Tourism to tap into the resources in the Akwamu Traditional Area so as to create jobs for the youth in area.
Hon Baffour Awuah used the visit to convey his appreciation to the Omanhene of the Akwamu Traditional Area, Odeneho Kwafo Akoto III, for the glamorous audience he granted him during his visit to Akwamu. He said he was ‘indeed grateful’.
The high-powered delegation raised the issue of total absence of skills training and tourism training institutions in the entire Asuogyaman District to provide skills training and tourism attraction skills for the growing youth in the area.
In his closing remarks, Hon. Baffour Awuah said the National Vocational Training Institute (NVTI) was previously under his Ministry but has recently been migrated to the Education Ministry, that notwithstanding, he promised to take the matter up with the sector Minister to ensure the provision of the said skills trainings.
The Honourable minister was joined by his Deputy Hon. Bright Wereko-Brobby, the Chief Director, Mr. Kizito Ballans, Directors and selected staff of the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations.
The Akwamu Traditional Council on the other hand were represented by: Nana Ansah Kwao IV (Akwamu-Adumasa Hene), Nana Serwaa Brakatu Ampafo – (Akwamu-Adumasa Hemea), Nana Kwadwo Ayerakwa (Akwamuhene – Dabenhene), Nana Yeboah Afari (Akwamuhene – Adantemhene), Nana Akoi Dede (Adonten – Amankrado), Ohenenana Akwasi Boateng, Nana Kwasi Agyapong and Opanyin Kwabena Okyere (PRO to the Omanhene).