Tamale, Dec. 31, GNA - Thousands of young and energetic people from the north, continue to migrate to the south mostly due to economic and social pressures.
Out there most of them especially the ladies are vulnerable, and suffer violations such as rape. To avoid these challenges some of them get male protectors since they mostly sleep in open places.
Dismayed by the conditions of seeking shelter in open places at the mercy of the weather and other life threating situations four young girls; Miss Latifa Mohamed, Miss Zaharawu Mohammed, Miss Mariam Yahaya and Miss Rubaba Iddrisu who are natives of the Karaga district of the Northern Region have returned home and have built a solid carreer for themselves and their families.
They are earning their livelihood through mobile phone repairs, a trade perceived to be reserved for males especially in rural areas.
Fifteen year- old Zaharawur said she was swayed by the looks of some friends who had return from Accra to celebrate the Eid ul fitr in Karaga.
“I told my parents I will no longer attend school but will join my friends in Accra to go and work and earn some money…my parents obliged,” she said.
Although she regrets making that decision, her story is different as she earns from GH¢150.00 to GH¢ 200.00 a week through her mobile phone repair service. Aside that she also trades in maize and use the proceeds to support her parents and younger siblings in school.
The four ladies are recognised as role models in the town and are ready to help other young girls. Zaharawu for instance has successfully convinced about five girls who have returned home and are receiving training in sewing while one is her apprentice.
Five hundred and sixty two other youngsters from 15 to 24 years in Karaga District have received training in various forms of skills development and set up in bicycle repairs, mobile telephony repairs, motorbike repairs, sewing machine engineering, as well as financial literacy and business management skill trainings under the livelihood empowerment programme being implemented by NORSAAC, a Tamale-based non-governmental organisation.
Mr Mohammed Ukasha, Livelihood and Entrepreneurial Development at NORSAAC, explained that unemployment rate and the lack of livelihood opportunities in the Northern Region and the country at large has contributed to a large extend of some social problems such as Rural- Urban migration (Kayaye), Teenage pregnancies, Sexually Transmitted Diseases and poverty.
He said the project funded by Empower, USA, seeks to support out of school young people to be equipped with skills to earn decent income and live a life of dignity without having to engage in any action that would endanger their lives.