The Director of Monitoring and Evaluation at the National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme (NEIP), Joseph Mackay Kumah, has advised the youth of the country to take advantage of the programme to go into entrepreneurship.
He noted that entrepreneurship is one of the surest means to help contribute to the development of Ghana’s economy and to make the country a better place.
In a statement copied to the Daily Statesman, Mr Kumah explained that the Akufo-Addo government’s priority in the second term is to focus largely on the grassroots. He therefore entreated them “to put themselves together in more strategic positions to get themselves into the NEIP business support programme.”
He asked the youth to be interested in being both efficient and effective in what they do. He, however, noted that many a time, young people are advised to venture into entrepreneurship without any guide or support given to them to succeed.
“The introduction of the National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme is therefore one of the most timely and unique interventions to solving the unemployment menace that has bedevilled this country for long,” he stated.
NEIP has the primary objective to provide an integrated national support for start-ups and small businesses. The programme primarily focuses on providing business development services, start-up incubators and funding for young businesses to enable them grow and become successful.
According to Mr Kumah, the NEIP is set within the context of Ghana’s long-term strategic vision of consolidating its middle-income status, building an industry-driven economy capable of providing decent jobs that are suitable and sustainable for development.
Mr Kumah stated that having had the privilege of meeting many creative and innovative young people in this country, he believes NEIP is a platform that can be used to impact in many young people the opportunity to serve their country.
“Consequently, I admonish the youth to stand up to the occasion and take advantage of this flagship programme initiated by His Excellency, the President of the Republic, as his next government’s priority will be focusing largely on the grassroots,” he said.