The Deputy Minister for Trade and Industry, Carlos Kingsley Ahenorah says his ministry and for that matter the Nana Addo led NPP administration will support every private enterprise which aims to create jobs to absorb the teeming unemployed youth of Ghana.
According to him, about 57 percent of Ghana’s population falls bellow 25 years, a situation he refer to as a recipe for danger if the government alone is left to tackle unemployment, since such young people will soon be seeking for jobs.
He said this at a one day programme dubbed “job fair” organised by Project Assist Global, a Ghana based project management company in Tema. It sought to create a platform for experts and industry players to interface with job seeking for an informed requisite required in the contemporary world of job
Mr. Ahenkorah who doubles as the Member of Parliament for Tema West also revealed that the government as the largest employer spends 15 billion Ghana Cedis on salary and other public expenditure, comprising 45 percent of revenue generated or 7 percent of Gross Domestic Product, GDP. This he said leaves just a negligible amount of accrued revenue for development projects.
Enumerating the various interventions initiated by the current administration at reducing unemployment among the youth, the Deputy Trade and Industry Minister said that the 1D1F seeks to provide jobs for the growing youth, irrespective of their geographical location to mitigate rural urban migration.
Mr. Ahenkorah to this end added that, the sector ministry and by extension the government will not hesitate to lend its support for any individual or group’s attempt to create job for the growing youth as it is in tandem with government’s policy.
The Chief Executive Officer of Project Assist Global, Anita Appiah explaining the aim said, though the maiden programme targeted Junior High School and Senior High School graduates as well as National Service Personnel who have completed service but have not had employment, the programme going to the future will not leave out university graduates also.
Madam Appiah added that they will not hesitate to extend the programme to other areas across the country if the need be, the focus is currently on Tema, the industrial city of Ghana where most of the jobs are located.
By: Edward Tetteh