Mr. Curtis Perry Okudzeto, Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports (MOYS), has commended the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for their initiative to build an ultra-modern accommodation facility for female head potters in Accra.
According to Mr. Okudzeto, the project which would also give the porters the opportunity to learn a trade and permanently move them off the streets was a laudable idea.
“The Government through the Ministry would like to commend the IMF for coming on board to support female head porters in Ghana by providing accommodation to them.
“It is an initiative that has already been captured in the manifesto of Government and so establishing one with support from the IMF is something Government would gladly want to be involved in” he stated.
Mr. Okudzeto, who made this known in Accra when Dr. Albert Touna Mama, IMF country representative paid a courtesy call on him at the ministry noted that “it was exciting that the IMF was stepping out of the financial sector and entering into the social space, which many young females would be beneficiaries”.
Dr. Albert Touna Mama, said as part of the social responsibility of the IMF, it was customary that when the IMF boss visits a country as she did in Ghana last year, she picks a charity she wants to support, which has necessitated the IMF local office in Ghana to decide on the building of a center in Accra for female head porters especially when, the IMF boss met and interacted with traders in Agbogbloshie market and Kayayei during her visit to Ghana.
Present at the meeting was Mr. Emmanuel Sin-Nyet Asigri, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Youth Authority, Mr Frank Quist, Chief Director of the Ministry of Youth and Sports.