NLA To Provide 100,000 Jobs With E-KIOSK
A minimum of 100,000 direct jobs and several more indirect jobs would be created for Ghanaians when the e-kiosk project spearheaded by the National Lottery Authority (NLA) goes full swing, THE NEW PUBLSHER has gathered.
E-Kiosk is a solar powered ultra modern kiosk built as a one-stop center of commerce that would be used for multiple business transactions including the sale of lottery products, banking services, financial transactions, courier services, payment of utility bills, payment of DSTV and GO TV bees, remittances and collection of taxes for the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) and several more.
30, 000 of such kiosks would be strategically positioned across the country with the cooperation of the various Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs).
Already the NLA, in collaboration with the Nation Builders Corps (NABCO) Secretariat have started training Ghanaian youth on how to install, maintain and service the solar panels that would be generating electricity for the over 30,000 e-kiosks.
Kofi Osei Ameyaw, Director General of the NLA explained the importance of the training: “The good news s that the e-kiosks are not dependent on our national grid and issues of whether or not there is enough electricity to be spread across would not affect it. By the training we are offering the youth to install, service and maintain the solar panels and the generators, they would be able to apply same skills to install solar panel to other buildings across the country and this does not only reduce the weight on our national grid but also creates jobs and equips our youth with employable skills.
“We cannot catch up with the pace of development on the global front if we continue this business as usual approach to doing things. Our President’s vision of Ghana beyond aid is very achievable and one key sector to look at is power generation to feed our growing demand and we are convinced renewable energy through solar is the way to go. Then there is job creation for our youth, and employable skills for our workforce. These are direct benefits of the e-kiosk project the NLA is championing”, Kofi Osei Ameyaw added.
Apart from the persons being trained in the field of solar panel installation, servicing and maintenance, each e-kiosk would have a working staff of between two to four persons depending on the size of the kiosk. There is a small size, a medium size and a big size.
The e-kiosk is built to last a minimum of twenty years but could last up to 30 years if properly maintained.