I can’t allow the borders to open, but I can teach my people to fish
• More than 2000 people in Ketu South will benefit from a skills development project
• The coronavirus has forced land borders to continue to be closed
• Dzifa Gomashie hopes that these skills will give people better livelihoods.
After many unsuccessful attempts to open the land borders, all in an effort to restore the livelihoods of her people, South Ketu MP Abla Dzifa Gomashie began teaching her people new ways to survive.
This is to be made possible through the 2021 Skills Development Project which was launched on Friday, September 24.
Announcing this in a post on her Facebook page, she explained why it has become particularly necessary now.
“As a member of Parliament, I looked at my specific situation as a citizen and as one of the leaders of this community. I looked at the economic situation of my people and resolved to help with the moth of my widows.
“I will teach my people how to make a decent living through decent work,” she said in her speech, which she also made available on her verified Facebook page.
The project will teach people skills in sewing, hairdressing, shoemaking, phone repair, decorating, baking, soap making, plumbing, bead making, ICT, photography, among others.
Land borders in Ghana have been closed since 2020 after the novel coronavirus, forcing many communities and surviving people to come and go to the border without any hope.
This has prompted communities to protest in the streets, but it has yet to yield results, but the MP for Ketu South says she also cannot sit idly by.
“We have been brought to our knees by force majeure, disease and what I would call adverse political decisions.
“We have struggled to find local solutions while waiting and hoping for social intervention from the state to alleviate our suffering.
“I cannot allow anyone to open the borders. I cannot ask the sea to stop the devastation. I can’t ask COVID-19 to leave us alone, but I can teach my people to fish, ”she said.
Dzifa Gomashie explained in more detail his greater motivation for this.
“As a member of parliament from Ketu South, I have seen with my own eyes the devastating effect of poverty on my people due to the lack of jobs and employment opportunities.
“To respond to them, and in accordance with the 2020 NDC manifesto to teach skills and [nurture] entrepreneurs, I bought 100 sewing machines, 50 hand-held dryers, a special leather sewing machine, 10 computers and a telephone repair machine, provided resources for teaching soap-making and plumbing, ”she said.
While calling for support for the project, she explained that this project could become the answer to all the problems facing her people, provided they work hand in hand to project and support it.
“To say no to poverty, end hunger, promote good health and well-being, provide quality education, promote gender equality, provide decent work for economic growth, reduce inequalities for growth sustainable for Ketu South, we have to work together to ensure that this project becomes the medicine to cure everything I have listed and I believe we can do it.
“It is my prayer and my desire to add to the fields next year. We hope to teach upholstery, electrical, carpentry, driving, welding, vulcanizing, painting, spraying and more, ”she said.