Ghana is running out of artisans


Mr Humphrey Fudzi, a celebrated master craftsman in Klefe, near Ho, has said the country was running out of artisans and could be importing craftsmen in the next 15 years.



He said it was becoming difficult to get skilled craftsmen for local construction works and other hand-made goods and called for specific policies and programmes to woo young people to the sector.

Mr Fudzi was speaking at the inauguration of a computer laboratory and two three-unit classroom blocks for Klefe Achatime.

The facilities, estimated at GHC300, 000, were initiated by the community under the leadership of Mr Ransford Delali Kasu, the Assemblyman for the area.

Mr Fudzi, who supervised the projects, said the work delayed because only a few skilled workers were available for the job.

He said for instance with about 5,000 population, Klefe could only boast of three carpenters who are without apprentices because the youth were not interested in craftsmanship.

Mr Fudzi said efforts to have some school drop-outs trained freely were unsuccessful, making the situation worrying.

He appealed to parents to encourage children to develop interest in skilled jobs to avert situations where the country was dependent on finished products from China.

Mr Fudzi said it was unfortunate that students from technical and vocational schools were unable to establish themselves and work and advised that such schools focus on practical training and entrepreneurship.

Mr Kasu launch his campaign to be re-elected into the Ho Municipal Assembly, spoke about projects completed and ongoing in the area and appealed to the government to absorb the Community Technical/Vocational School.

Togbe Kpor X, Afetorfia of Klefe Traditional Area, commended the people for providing free labour for all self-help projects in the area.


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