Former President John Dramani Mahama has expressed his disappointment over government’s lack of commitment in taking urgent measures to deal with the worrying unemployment issues that have bedeviled the nation.
According to him, the explosion in unemployment in Ghana today, requires immediate solutions.
“The spectre of tens of thousands of frustrated and desperate young men and women, running and falling over themselves to apply for very limited positions in security agencies, as we have recently seen, is most heart breaking and deeply disturbing. Unemployment has truly become a national security crisis,” he stated.
He further stated that “the government’s approach has been one of nonchalance and the bundying about of dubious employment creation figures. This has been coupled with ad-hoc and unsustainable measures that have led to the throwing back onto the street of tens of thousands of NABCO recruits with virtually no hope of finding sustainable employment.”
“At the core of our message to the people of Ghana in 2020 was jobs, because the unemployment issue was staggering.”
“The botched NABCO experiment has proven not to be the pathway and the means to an end. We need to come together and face youth unemployment head-on,” he stressed.
According to him, the NDC’s one million (Edwumapa) Jobs Creation Plan, the free TVET and National Apprenticeship Programme as contained in their manifesto are still relevant and available for the Akufo-Addo-led government to draw on for implementation.
The former President believes that if well implemented, government can create an average of 250,000 jobs every year for the youth of Ghana.
“To further reduce the burden of unemployment, this government has a unique opportunity in the 2022 Budget Statement to lessen the tax burden on small and medium scale businesses. They must be allowed to grow to become more innovative and expand their employment generation capacity,” he stated in his Thank Ghana Address on Wednesday, November 10, 2021, at the Kempinski Hotel in Accra.