Over 600 head porters, popularly known as “kayeyei”, have graduated from the National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme (NEIP) Skills Empowerment Programme.

Speaking during the graduation ceremony, Mr. Kofi Ofosu Nkansah, CEO of NEIP, emphasised the project’s ongoing commitment. “We delivered on our promise to give beneficiaries the GHC1,000 stipend by paying the outstanding GHC500 in addition to the GHC500 they got at the beginning of the training,” he said.

He  told the beneficiaries: “As you receive your certificates and starter packs, remember that this is just the beginning of your entrepreneurship journey. With the skills you have acquired, you have the power to shape your destiny and inspire others with your stories of resilience.”

Mr. Nkansah assured the graduates that NEIP’s support would continue beyond the training programme. “This is not the end of our engagements with you. We will be visiting you to see how well you are doing in your chosen trades,” he added.

This initiative, spearheaded by Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia, aims to uplift 5,000 female head porters by providing them with vital skills and creating pathways to better employment opportunities.

Over the course of a month, the first cohort of trainees received comprehensive training in various practical skills. The curriculum included soap and detergent making, baking, pedicure and manicure, bedding, decor, and makeup artistry. The training took place at the Madina and Ashaiman campuses.

In addition to these technical skills, the participants were also educated in financial management and business development. To support their entrepreneurial ventures, each graduate received starter packs and microgrants. Furthermore, they were provided with a stipend of 1,000 cedis, split into two payments of 500 cedis each, as promised by the NEIP.