- The Finance Minster, Ken Ofori-Atta, has disclosed that the government is set to build a 600-bed hostel facility for head porters better known as 'kayayei'
- Ken Ofori-Atta made this known during his presentation of the 2020 budget on Wednesday, November 13, 2019, in Parliament
- The Finance Minster also noted that the project will begin in December 2019
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Ghana’s Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, has disclosed amid his presentation of the 2020 budget that the government is set to construct a hostel facility for head porters popularly known as ‘kayayei’.
Presenting the 2020 budget statement in Parliament on Wednesday November 13, 2019, the Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta said the construction of the hostel will begin in December 2019 at Agbogbloshie, a suburb of Accra.
''Mr. Speaker I am happy to announce that preparations are now complete and the construction of the first 600-bed kayayei hostel will commence in Agbogbloshie next month to provide accommodation and skills training to these vulnerable young women,'' he stated.
An implementation of the move by the government to build a hostel facility for kayayei falls on the back of a campaign promise made by President Akufo-Addo prior to winning the 2016 elections.
Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta noted that the intention to build the facility was to provide decent accommodation to the kayayei to ensure their safety.
President Akufo-Addo earlier in 2019 directed the National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme (NEIP) to give kayayei in the country an amount of GH₵2 million.
The Chief Executive of NEIP, John Kumah, said amount was to serve as seed capital to enable the 'kayayei' to initiate their own start-ups.
John Kumah also said that his outfit in collaboration with the Business Development Ministry, were working to impact the lives of head porters across the country.
Watch the Finance Minister's presentation of the budget:
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