The presidential candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Mahama, says his next administration will transform the Suame Magazine in Kumasi into Ghana’s automobile industrial hub.
Speaking during a mini rally in Suame, he said the party will bring many initiatives to Magazine to ensure the dream is realized.
Naming some of them, John Mahama stated his next administration will construct the roads and the drains within the Suame Magazine enclave to improve the flow of traffic.
Mr Mahama assured the artisans that his next government would review the Customs (Amendment) Act, 2020 (Acts 1014) to scrap the law banning importation of salvaged vehicles.
He said this would save the local automobile industry, since they depended a lot on vehicle spare parts.
He also assured them that their clinic would be upgraded into a polyclinic to provide better healthcare services for the artisans, adding that the facility would have an accident and emergency centre to take care of the injured.
John Mahama said the NDC will establish training school with ultra-modern facilities such as diagnostic machines for training and equipping artisans on fix automobiles.
He added that the administration would roll out a youth entrepreneurship programme, as part of efforts to address youth unemployment.
The flagbearer said his government will provide opportunities for the youth to acquire free technical and vocational skills to enable them go into entrepreneurship.
Mr Mahama stated he will also implement a free National Apprenticeship Programme by establishing centres in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions in various districts.
This will provide free training and sponsorship for the youth as certified master craftsmen/women.