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Ralph Poku-Adusei organises income-generating skills training for indigenes of Bekwai

The three-day, intensive skills training course started today (Monday 24 April) and is expected to end on Wednesday (26 April 2023)

Ralph Poku-Aduseithrough his foundation has organised an entrepreneurial and income-generating skills training programme for the indigenes of Amansie in Bekwai in the Ashanti Region.

The three-day, intensive skills training course by the Ralph Poku-Adusei Foundation (RPAF) started today (Monday 24 April) and is expected to end on Wednesday (26 April 2023).

It is a free service, exclusively for the people of Bekwai.

The training programme attracted over 2,000 participants on the first day alone.

They undertook training in the making of washing detergents, floor cleaning fluids, bleach, shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, hair food, afterwash, liquid soap, wig weaving, bio digester operation and bead making.

Prioritise training

In his statement at the opening ceremony before the start of the training sessions, Poku-Adusei – the founder of the RPAF, managing partner at Trent Legal Amansie Chambers and Bekwai parliamentary candidate hopeful – charged the people of Bekwai to take full advantage of the opportunity to learn new skills which will help them improve their earning power and income level.

The youth of Bekwai are the main target of the initiative.

“Today, we turn our attention to the youth, who are the future. Empowerment for the youth is quintessentially, the heart for every economic development effort that is being made by countries globally.

“To borrow the words of Lao Tsu: ‘If you give a man a fish you feed him for a day, if you teach him to fish you feed him for a lifetime.’ As such, the skills you will learn here today and in the preceding days should be seen as an opportunity to grow economically and socially,” Poku-Adusei said.

“I will entreat you all to make this learning experience a priority and to take full advantage of this opportunity to learn a skill that will benefit you, your family and the community at large.

“Now is the time for the youth of the Bekwai community to come together and change the status quo. It is time we add value to ourselves and take our rightful place in the economic narrative of Ghana as a whole.

“These skills we learn here will be a tool that can never be taken away, and I am a firm believer that the only assets one can possess are knowledge,” Poku-Adusei said.

The RPA Foundation

The Ralph Poku-Adusei Foundation was born out of the lawyer’s deep sense of belonging to the Bekwai community and his unwavering dedication to give back to the community that helped shape him in his formative years.

This deep-seated desire was birthed unofficially in 2015 and officially in 2018 and has since given back to the Bekwai community in multiple ways.

Through the help of God and the immense support of the people in Bekwai, the foundation has embarked on several social intervention programs within the community.

Among the interventions the foundation has made are donations of food, cash donations, renovation of an office complex for the Ghana Ambulance Service, and support for the zongo and Muslim communities in Bekwai.

Wilberforce Asare 

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