Opportunities Industrializations Centre - Ghana

The Opportunities Industrializations Centre was born out of a struggle for the inclusion of coloured and black minorities in the industries’ labour force in the USA in the early 1960s during the civil right movement by the late Rev. Dr. Leon Howard Sullivan and his team. When the struggle was finally won however, black minority lacked employable skills needed in the industries.

Consequently, the first OIC Centre was established in an abandoned jail house in German Town in Philadelphia, USA, to offer skills training to the disadvantaged to enable them access middle and top level positions.

Later in the 1960s, a Ghanaian wood worker and philanthropist, S.P. Dampson read about the success of OIC America from the Readers Digest. Following that, a group comprising S.P. Dampson, J.A.A. Ocansey, O.B.K. Fua and A.A. Mends met in 1968 to discuss ways and means of assisting their countrymen to address the worsening problem of unemployment in Ghana. The Ghanaian pioneers got help from the late Civil Right Advocate, Rev. Dr. Leon H. Sullivan, the founder of OIC International based in the USA who visited Ghana in 1969 and 1970.  With USAID sponsorship and help of other public spirited Ghanaians, Opportunities Industrialization Centres, Ghana (OICG) become fully operational in April 1971 as a fee-free vocational training institution and an affiliate of Opportunities Industrialization Centres International, USA.

With its philosophy and focus on the disadvantaged youth OIC Ghana operated as a fee-free vocational/technical skills training institution. The entire operations of OIC Ghana were funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through Opportunities Industrialization Centres International (OICI) for ten (10) years i.e. 1971-1980.

When the USAID sponsorship ended, OICG operations were financed through local and other external resource mobilization initiatives. Additionally, the Ghana Government recognizing the impact OICG had made during its first decade of operation directed that OICG be subvented through the Ministry of Employment and Social Welfare (MESW) now Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations (MELR).

It is governed by a Board of Directors drawn from a cross section of the Ghanaian community who have excelled in their various fields of work (Please refer to Governing Body for details).


To be a leading and self-sustaining vocational skills training institution that has a unique approach to training and produces competent graduates for industry and commerce.


OICG exists to contribute to the human resource development of Ghana through the provision of vocational/technical and entrepreneurship skills training to disadvantaged youth to enable them to earn a decent living.


The goal of OICG is to contribute to the reduction of unemployment and poverty among the youth in Ghana.


  • Provide vocational / technical, business skills training, counselling and follow-up services to junior and senior high school dropouts and graduates
  • Provide business advisory services to OICG graduates who are self-employed
  • Monitor and evaluate the performance of OICG programmes.
  • Develop systems to resource OICG



Mr. Samuel Debrah


Opportunities Industrializations Centre – Ghana

Contact Details

Phone: +233 (0) 302 286 235
Email: oicghana@yahoo.com
Website: www.oicghana.com