While Gov’t Rolls Out Kayayei Pre-Employment Tranining Skills Programme
By Gifty Arthur
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) last week, took their propaganda campaign gimmick to a different level when from nowhere, they paraded young head porters popularly known as kayayeis from the Northern Region to one of its campaign rallies in the Ashanti Region.
The awful spectacle, happened in one of the Constituencies of the region, as part of the party’s flagbearer, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, campaign tour.
Pictures of the young girls carrying head pans, have since gone viral on social media, while a video was shown on television stations as news item.
About two weeks ago, a video of head porters in the same Ashanti Region, went viral on social media, especially on facebook, where kakayaeis numbering about three hundred, paraded in the streets. They were branded as having formed an association called, “Kayayeis for change”
The girls, according to The Herald sources, were paraded by one Hajia Zongo Pioneer, a known NPP member, who is known for organizing kakayeis for the NPP.
It will be recall that, she organized these same girls sometime ago during the NPP’s fundraiser at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium, claiming the kakayeis, had contributed five thousand Ghana cedis to the party.
The almost perfectly crafted choreograph was in few days denied by the leadership of the kakayaeis. This paper gathered it was to inform the rest of the Ghanaian populace that, the government of president John Dramani Mahama, who is also from the Northern Region, was not supported by his
compatriots from the region.
It was, therefore not surprising when last week a similar drama was staged in the region, by the same woman, Hajia Zongo Pioneer. What was surprising, however, was how the party disrespectfully asked the girls to storm the rally grounds with their head pans, made to stand at the front row of the rally for the cameras for the entire duration that the programme lasted.
The question on the lips of concerned Ghanaians was that, but for the fact that the NPP wanted to score cheap political points, would they have allowed these poor girls to get close to where they were allowed to stand?
It was these same party supporters who in the Ashanti Region after president Mahama won the 2012 general elections, derogatorily referred to these girls as “John Mahama” anytime they needed their services at the markets in Kumasi
The simple message according to some NPP fanatics is that, the president’s compatriot, want him out, hence their show of disapproval of his government.
The NPP argues, it has plans for these girls who sometimes sleep on the street and the plan is that, they are no longer going to tax them in the event that they win the December 7 elections.
The party, had in 2012 promised to build a hostel facility for them, but this time, the idea has been discarded for unknown reason.
On the flip side, however, the president Mahama’s administration, instead of encouraging these head porters to continue to remain on the streets like the NPP, has rolled out a programme to get them off the streets. The initiative is being spearheaded by the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection.
The Kayayei Pre-Employment Training Skills Programme, offers both medium and long-term social, as well as economic-based benefits to enhance livelihood for kayayie, their families and other vulnerable groups.
According to the sector minister, Nana Oye Lithur, the Kayayei Pre-Employment Training Skills Programme, demonstrates yet again the commitment of president Mahama to provide direct intervention programmes that enables citizens to contribute to the social and economic growth of the nation.
The programme, has already engaged women beneficiaries in dressmaking, while their counterparts are into shoemaking, among others.