President John Mahama has outlined plans that government has initiated to reduce unemployment.
According to him, “There is a need for industry and academia to fashion out a more sustainable solution to unemployment.”
President Mahama noted that the most important step is to increase skills training to make more Ghanaian youth employable and that is why government is empowering the vocational and technical sector to provide such skills, rather than concentrating on government alone providing jobs.
President Mahama speaking on the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC), in a Presidential encounter to justify why he should be given a second term in office, he said, “Practical and vocational training is core to solving Ghana’s unemployment challenge and this has been the guiding principle of his policies.”
He said the conversion of polytechnics to technical universities as the administration of the NDC attempt to deal with unemployment and bridge the skills mismatch that stifles employment.
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He noted that government has made investments in the production sector to create sustainable jobs.
“Ongoing economic progress will also open the way for more jobs. Takoradi and Tema harbor expansion projects have provided jobs to more than 2,000 people,” he said.
He added that, unemployment had assumed a global dimension and needed a global approach.
He said more employment skills had been acquired through the introduction of more modules of the National Youth Employment programme and would continue to chart that path to drastically reduce the incidence of unemployment.