ERADICATING POVERTY: Coastal Development Authority Unveils “KAYAYEI” Empowerment Policy (Pictures)
In line with its mandate to alleviate poverty and empower the vulnerable in society, the Coastal Development Authority (CODA) has rolled out a policy to improve the lives of head porters, popularly known as ‘kayayei’ in the Greater Accra Region.
This was revealed by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Authority, Lawyer Jerry Ahmed Shaib on Sunday 4th October after two thousand “kayayei” participated in a free health screening, NHIS registration and skills development forum.
Addressing the Kayayei, Lawyer Shaib revealed that CODA has an objective to support and guide kayayei holistically to enable them transit to more viable and sustainable livelihoods.
He said "President Nana Akuffo-Addo has directed the Authority to intervene in the plight of kayayei and empower them to improve their lives through skills training and formal education”
Deputy CEO of CODA, Kingsley Kofi Karikari-Bondzie, reaffirmed the commitment of CODA to give necessary attention to vulnerable groups to lift them out of poverty and place them on a path of wealth creation.
PORTERS EMPOWERMENT POLICY
It is human development policy to protect and empower kayayei and their children which provides a career development framework that acts as a transition platform for kayayei girls to improve their personal development, and progress from being kayayei to attain more and better social and economic benefits.
Kayayei and their children suffer due to their vulnerabilities, usually resulting in: Loss of educational opportunities by kayayei and their children, Loss of/risk of losing parental care for kayayei girls and their children who are made vulnerable and Lack of access to quality healthcare for kayayei girls and their children
Physical abuse suffered by kayayei and their children, Psychological/emotional abuse, Sexual abuse i.e. rape, defilement and others were revealed to be part of porters empowerment policy for the Kayayei.
Highlighting on the approach, ThinkNews Online has gathered that CODA will collaborate with public, private, non-profit sector and communities to ensure that kayayei and their children do not suffer abuse and deprivation.
On Kayayo Career Pathways, it is however emerging that CODA will support kayayei to undergo basic vocational skills such as beadmaking, dressmaking, hairdressing, soapmaking etc.
The Kayayei will also be encouraged and supported to undertake alternative trades with greater economic and social benefits.
The Leadership of CODA says it will provide financial and business management support to individual and groups of kayayei to engage in alternative trades while they pursue formal education.
Under the policy, kayayei girls who have the requisite qualification or requirements may be guided to apply for positions in the private and public sector including government-funded youth employment schemes such as YEA, NEIP, NABCO, Planting for Food and Jobs.
The leadership of the Kayayei Association thanked CODA for the kind gesture.
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Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith